Skip to main content

Dionne Liu

SFU Student

empty
A person holding a Olympic torch
It's okay to dream big. As long as you’re willing to persist and pick yourself up when the times are tough, big dreams can be realized.

If there’s someone who knows about the terrifying journey that is the work search, it is Marissa Nahanee. Marissa was a panellist at the Indigenous Peoples Career Stories event on March 3, 2011.  Marissa has worked on many world-class events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch relay and visits by Prince Charles and Edward.  This is quite an impressive resume for someone still in their twenties. But Marissa’s job did not just happen to her – she had to work for it.

When Marissa started her event planning classes, she told people that her goal was to work for the Olympics and then manage her own company.  Everyone told her she was crazy, especially because she wanted to coordinate First Nations events specifically.

After graduating, Marissa attended networking event after networking event, pitching her ideas and showing her passion to recruiters.  Months later, she received a Facebook message from an employer asking if she would like to work for the Four Host Nations to plan Olympic events!  Amazing!  But let’s rewind.  How did this happen?

The employer had been using a recruiting agency and had gone through application after application, not finding what he wanted.  That’s when the recruiting agency remembered Marissa, the girl who never submitted her resume but was persistent in networking and her sales pitch!  The agency gave the employer Marissa’s name and the employer did a Facebook search. Lo and behold, the employer found her.  While there was a bit of luck involved with this, it was mostly the product of Marissa’s persistence.

A wise man once said that the brick walls in life are there to show you how badly you want something.  He’s right.  If you want something, keep at it and don’t give up, regardless of the odds or what others are telling you.  So it’s okay to dream big.  Big dreams are good.  As long as you’re willing to persist and pick yourself up when the times are tough, big dreams can be realized.

  • Dionne Liu Mar 15, 2011
    Like to recommend this item
    visibility  15

About the Author

Dionne Liu

SFU Student

Posts by Author

A student looking at camera with a computer
Blog
4 Tips For Engaging With People

Engaging with your community means first effectively communicating with those around you. Kenny shares some tips on how to do this!

A Key to team sucess
Blog
Working on a Team: Five Keys to Success

You’ve got to that new stage in your life as a new employee. But as a new hire, you may feel somewhat out of place on what may be an established team. So, read on to find out five ways to successfully blend in.

A picture of two person looking away
Blog
Six Tips To Find The Perfect Volunteer Opportunity For You

Emily shares her tips for what you should consider when looking for a volunteer opportunity.

You Might Like These... Prospective, Professional Development, Career Exploration

Co-op students jumping in the air
The Co-op Connection Helps Retention

In this blog post, Heather shares with us why co-op is an important experience for all students, whether it be to further career aspirations or to gain future employment opportunities. 

author, courtney, smiling
A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

Working on campus
The 10 Minute Commute – Resources and Useful Information for Working on Campus

Have you ever thought about working in a place that you are familiar with?  Perhaps a Tim Horton’s close by? For many students the idea of working at SFU might be a great option, if you prefer a 10 minute jaunt to work after class or an opportunity to learn more about how a university operates.

A person holding a Olympic torch
library_books
Blog
Peeriodical: Olympic Sized Persistence Pays Off
Career Exploration, Personal Development, Indigenous Career Journey Stories

If there’s someone who knows about the terrifying journey that is the work search, it is Marissa Nahanee. She was a panellist at the Indigenous Peoples Career Stories event on March 3, 2011.  Marissa has worked on many world class events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch relay and visits by Princes Charles and Edward. But Marissa’s job did not just happen to her – she had to work for it.

A person holding a Olympic torch
library_books
Blog
Peeriodical: Olympic Sized Persistence Pays Off
Career Exploration, Personal Development, Indigenous Career Journey Stories

If there’s someone who knows about the terrifying journey that is the work search, it is Marissa Nahanee. She was a panellist at the Indigenous Peoples Career Stories event on March 3, 2011.  Marissa has worked on many world class events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch relay and visits by Princes Charles and Edward. But Marissa’s job did not just happen to her – she had to work for it.

You Might Like These... Career Exploration

Two people holding the number 1
Create Your Own Opportunities at Work

Communications is a vast field with its own unique challenges. It is not only about writing articles or handling social media, but usually requires you to juggle wearing various hats. To make a lasting impression in communications, you must of course fulfill the described job duties, but knowing how to hone your strengths in a Co-op is the cherry on top. 

Google searching bar and a magnifier
E-E-E

"There's more to finding a job than surfing the net" These are the famous words career advisors state on a daily basis to current students and recent graduates. A well-rounded job search strategy is critical for career success and involves the 3 E’s for excelling: EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE and ENGAGE