Nishnawbe Aski Nation Youth Striving For Success

    McGuinty Government Recognizes First Nation Entrepreneurs

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Two young entrepreneurs from northwestern
Ontario are being honoured for their entrepreneurial spirit and community
    At an awards ceremony at Queen's Park today, Desta Buswa, a teacher and
community role model, was presented with a $5,000 award for submitting the
best career plan. Devon A. Meekis, owner of a successful IT company, was
presented with a $15,000 award for submitting the best business plan. The two
recipients of the 2008 Beyshick awards will use the funds to continue their
    "Our government is proud to honour these role models for their
achievements not only in their respective communities, but in the larger
community of Ontario as well," said Minister of Small Business and
Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar. "We applaud programs such as the
Beyshick Project that provide young people with opportunities to develop the
critical business and life skills that are so important to their future."
    "Desta and Devon are not only success stories in their own right, but
role models for other young people," said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Michael Bryant. "The awarding of the Beyshick Awards to these recipients will
only serve to inspire a new generation to achieve excellence for the benefit
of all."
    Launched in 2005, Project Beyshick is a one-week program that allows
youth within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory to participate in workshops
at leading Canadian business schools and job-shadow Toronto-based business
    "We are proud once again to support aspiring entrepreneurs so that they
can achieve personal success, and also generate jobs and prosperity in their
communities," said Aditya Jha, CEO and founder of Project Beyshick.

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For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Aneesa Ghany, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998

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