Three WCS Entrepreneurship 30 Junior Achievement companies from Semester 1 held their final shareholders' board meetings at the end of January, gave back via the charity chosen by each company, dissolved their respective companies and received their individual shareholders' return.
Each of the companies were assisted by mentors who gave of their time and expertise throughout the semester, including Verna O'Neill, Executive Director, Community Futures Sunrise; Twila Walkeden, manager of the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce, and Dave Harazny, manager of College Advancement at Southeast College.
The companies included the following students and donations.
Essential Solutionswas comprised ofSteffani Villones, Sheridan Hemphill, Breanne Klein, Alina van Staveren, Falynn Bell, Zoe Thompson, Savannah Pohl, Cassidy Pope, Zabrina Carter-North and Brooklynn Lang.
Essential Solutions donated $400 to Sofia House in Regina.
King Street Fudge was comprised ofManuelle Mateo, Chelan Keith, Jelissa Dunkley, Taylor Cameron, Solomiya Shkapoyid, Annah Fox, Payton Mabee, Connor Guenther, Nolan Thackeray, Nolan Vogel, Jordann Dunkley, Emma Wiens, Emily Haupstein, Kelsey Petersen, Jesse Thompson, Owen Hiltz, Nick Moffatt, Spencer Ordahl, Nathan Parisien, Anthony Fleming, Andrew Sawchuk, and co-presidents Lorryn Labbie and Landon Field.
King Street Fudge donated $850 to Canadian Cancer Society representative Kim McLean, who travelled from Regina to attend the final board meeting and accept the donation.
The JA company Prairie Dough was comprised of Jakeb Wagner, Sam Severson, Ava Morfitt, Axel Lund, Baron Lawrence, Mitch McDonald, Brayden Gerry, Brogan Smeltzer, Brett Rogal, Jayden Morcan, Oleg Vilcu, Carter McInnes, and co-presidents Paige Fellner and Olivia Michel.
Prairie Dough donated $350 to Kidsport, which was presented to Weyburn Kidsport representative Brenda Croft.
In 2014, at the start of this program, Entrepreneurship 30 teacher Margot Arnold set a financial goal of reaching $10,000 in donations from the Junior Achievement companies to a charity or non-profit organization of the company's choice.
“I am so excited to announce that from the efforts from each of the WCS Junior Achievement companies' donations to date, that goal has been surpassed,” said Arnold.
A goal of business is to make money, however, she always stresses to each company to also make a difference and to give back. Each Junior Achievement company donates a minimum of 10 per cent of their profits to a chosen charity or non-profit organization.
Since introducing the Junior Achievement program into her Entrepreneurship 30 classes in 2014 to present, she said she is proud of each of these socially responsible business students, the companies they created and the successes they have all achieved.
Altogether, over $10,000 has been generated from the 17 companies who have participated in the Junior Achievement program. The 18th WCS Entrepreneurship 30 Junior Achievement company is excited to launch their company in the not too distant future this semester.