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Profession: Executive Director, Wood Buffalo Food Bank
Age: 39 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 11

“Say yes, and figure it out later.” Those are the words that 39-year-old Arianna Johnson lives by, and that can-do attitude is evident in her accomplishments so far.

In the almost-11 years that she’s lived in Wood Buffalo, Arianna has impacted the region greatly. As the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, Arianna has, since 2011, been given the opportunity to learn more about the importance of food security, the desire people have for education about “smart giving”, and the importance of helping others to understand the operation of food banks, and the role they play. Together with a staff who genuinely cares about their clients, she has been able to develop new programs such as The Basic Shelf and The Mobile Pantry.

Community involvement is something that Arianna believes to be vital - something that allows her to increase her skills and abilities, while supporting the community. She volunteers her time as part of a number of boards and committees, as well as on political campaigns, media events, and with the Miners football team.

Arianna is the proud recipient of many awards and honours, including the 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2013 Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Community Recognition Award. She has also been named one of Connect Weekly Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and a Woman of Inspiration by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta.

Together with her husband, and their 15-year-old son, Arianna intends to spend her life in the Wood Buffalo region. Amongst the hobbies she enjoys are reading, fashion, scuba diving, travel, meditation, animals and time with family.

As someone who is undaunted by challenges, and seizes every opportunity to effect change, Arianna is very deserving of her spot on Your McMurray Magazine’s Top 50 Under 50.

IN HER OWN WORDS: “God gave us dreams a size too big so we could grow into them.”