Today's Achievers are tomorrow's leaders
TORONTO, May 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Junior Achievement of Canada is pleased to
announce the 2012 youth scholarship award winners. In addition to the
in-class business education programs, Junior Achievement awards
numerous scholarships to deserving students from across Canada each
year. The awards will be given at the Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Gala Dinner tonight in Toronto.
"Junior Achievement helps young Canadians prepare for the future,
achieve their dreams and create lives that enrich us all," says Mr.
Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO (Acting), Junior Achievement of
Canada. "By awarding their success today, we are helping to play an
integral part in preparing them for tomorrow. The 2012 award winners
are amazing young Canadians who are tomorrow's leaders."
Deloitte & Touche Inspiration Awards
Deloitte & Touche has been a long-time supporter of the Junior
Achievement awards and scholarships program. The Inspiration Awards
are awarded to students who have demonstrated thoughtful perspectives
and the attributes required to succeed in the workforce.
The 2012 Inspiration Award recipients are:
Peter Mansbridge Positive Change Award and Youth Leadership
Each year, Peter Mansbridge awards two of the largest youth scholarships
in Canada to deserving young Canadians. The Peter Mansbridge Positive
Change scholarship is awarded to a student who promotes a vision of
prosperity for our nation and is committed to making a positive change.
The Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award is given to a student who
personifies the values and attributes of a successful business or
community leader. The 2012 award recipient for the Peter Mansbridge
Positive Change Award is Judy Ou from St. John's, NL. The 2012 award
recipient for the Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award is Jairo
Pinto from Regina, Saskatchewan.
For more information on the 2012 winners, please see the enclosed media
About Junior Achievement of Canada
For more than 55 years, as the largest business education organization
in Canada, Junior Achievement has inspired and prepared more than 3.9
million youth to succeed. Junior Achievement offers education programs
in the areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial
literacy, which are delivered to youth in elementary, middle and high
schools by business mentors. Last year alone, more than 216,000 young
Canadians experienced a Junior Achievement program from 13,029
committed business mentors.
Take a closer look at Junior Achievement's 2012 scholarship winners
Peter Mansbridge Positive Change Award
The Peter Mansbridge Positive Change Award highlights a student's
achievement and commitment toward utilizing his/her voice to make a
positive change to better their community, the world, their future and
that of generations to come.
The 2012 award recipient for the Peter Mansbridge Positive Change Award
is Judy Ou from St. John's, NL. The 2012 award recipient for the Peter
Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award is Jairo Pinto from London, ON.
"I like to take on new challenges, in order to reach new limits," said
Judy. "That's why I was drawn to the Company Program. Through Junior
Achievement, I was able to expand my horizons and discover new
Judy also enjoys volunteering at her school and with the Janeway
Childrens Hospital. She plans to further her education in hopes of
becoming a medical doctor.
"I aspire to become a doctor because I believe it will help our
community prosper. I take an interest in financial matters, as I come
from a family of entrepreneurs. I've enjoyed my time with the Company
Program, as I strongly believe it has helped me grow as both a leader
and a person."
Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award
The Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award recognizes personal
accomplishments and involvement of an Achiever in school or in their
community that has made demonstrable impact locally and exemplified the
values and attributes of a successful business and community leader.
The 2012 Award Recipient for the Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award
is Jairo Pinto.
Jairo Pinto was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1994. At the age of six, his
family immigrated to the United States, and eight years later, Jairo,
together with his parents and six brothers, moved to Canada to seek new
"I believe that this constant uphill struggle shaped me into the person
I am today," said Jairo. "I have learned to be optimistic and rather
confident when obstacles arise. I uphold my strong work ethic, as I
believe that education is the pathway to success."
Jairo is currently in grade 12 attending Regina Mundi Catholic College.
He participated in the Junior Achievement Company Program to help
expand his entrepreneurial horizon.
"My experience with Junior Achievement has further fostered within me an
identity as a leader, and stimulated future business aspirations. I am
truly grateful for the learning experiences that JA has provided me
Jairo plans to attend Western University in the field of Business. He
has a particular interest in the field of accounting and will pursue a
CA or CMA designation. He also aspires to be accepted into the HBA
program offered at the Richard Ivey School of Business.
"Hardships and obstacles became the sharpening tools for aspirations and
success. I have learned to be grateful for little, yet I aspire for
Jairo is also the recipient of the 2012 Deloitte Inspiration Award.
Deloitte Inspiration Awards
The Inspiration Awards are awarded to students who have demonstrated
thoughtful perspectives and the attributes required to succeed in the
Bethany is an honours student currently in grade 12 from Dartmouth Nova
Scotia. She has been involved with the Junior Achievement Company
Program since grade 10. This year Bethany also took on the role of
Student Ambassador for JA. Nova Scotia to promote the value of the
Company Program to local businesses and corporate sponsors. Bethany
attended the Next Generation Leaders Forum at Queens University in the
summer of 2011. Bethany has taken on several roles with the Nova Scotia
Secondary Schools Students' Association. Her involvement with the
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter has helped to shape her interest in the
promotion of environmentally responsible businesses. Bethany also
volunteers in her school and community and was recently named the
Provincial Youth Volunteer of the Year. Next year, Bethany will be
attending Acadia University in the Bachelor of Business Administration
Djavan was born in 1995 in Montreal where he currently attends Collège
Jean-de-Brébeuf in grade 11. He is socially active and is involved in a
variety of fields ranging from scholastic, cultural, athletics and
extracurricular activities. For the past seven years, Djavan has
represented the two institutions he attended in the Génies en herbe movement, where he won the provincial title multiple times. Furthermore,
his passion for history has earned him the Vimy-Beaverbrook award for 2012. Last year, Djavan was awarded his first provincial
oratory title as a result of a contest organized by the Cercle Entreprendre du Québec. This year, he fully devoted himself as the president of his company
from the Junior Achievement program. This extremely enriching
experience has developed his love of business and helped mature his
leadership skills. Passionate about politics, rhetoric and
communication, he envisions studying law and finance.
Sunjita is a grade 12 student from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since she
was three years old, Sunjita has been involved in dancing and even
teaches her own dance group. She enjoys volunteering for various
organizations and helping people however she can. She has been a member
of her school's Student Council for the past four years as well as part
of the Environmental Club. Along with that she helps out with Saskatoon
Crime Stoppers and was awarded the Crime Stoppers Student Citizenship
Award for 2011. Sunjita is cannot wait to continue on her journey with
Junior Achievement, as well as in the business community as she attends
her first year of Commerce in the fall.
SOURCE Canadian Business Hall of Fame
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