Junior Achievement Company Awards 2017

This week, I had the sincere pleasure of attending the Junior Achievement (JA) Company Awards where local youth came together to showcase the projects they have been working hard on over the 2016-2017 school year.


JA Company is a 16-week program where high school students build a real business with the help of mentors. The students deliver skills in business, leadership, communication, teamwork and other important areas.


These companies brought innovative ideas forward and, working alongside their mentors and educators, demonstrated dedication and commitment to developing their entrepreneurial spirit.


I would like to send my congratulations to all of the youth groups involved for showcasing some incredible ideas and proving just what our future leaders have in store. I am especially thrilled to congratulate company, “String of Strength” from Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville who were the recipients of the “After-School” category competition. Last January, I had the pleasure of meeting with the students involved where they presented their achievements thus far and contributed $250 of their earnings to Tysen’s Mission to a Million.


I would like to thank all of the organizers of this program for making the event a success and providing youth the opportunity to test their talents. I would also like to thank Strings of Strength mentors Rob Campbell, Brian Marshall, and Murilo Torres and liaison educator, Shawnie Lane for all of their involvement in assisting the team to pursue their passion.


Congratulations to all!