JA Award Winners Reflect Back on the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala

CBHF 2016_114(Left to Right: Jordan Williams, Tiffany Hou, Mairi McKinnon, Nataleigh Ballantyne, Maude Keyser, Taylor Manning, Liat Fainman-Adelman)

Each year, JA Canada recognizes top students from across the country with our National Awards and Scholarship program. With over 350 student applications, it is quite the task to narrow down and select the top qualified candidates!

Winning our prestigious awards can come with the amazing opportunity of attending and speaking at the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala dinner. This year, we welcomed six students from across the country to Toronto, ON for a few days and an exceptional experience in the city. These students were the winners of the Deloitte Inspiration Awards, Peter Mansbridge Positive Change and Youth Leadership Awards.

Their adventure included watching a Toronto Raptors playoff game at Jurassic Park and taking in the sights from the top of the CN Tower. Thanks to our partners at Deloitte, our students also were able to participate in a hands on workshop to better prepare them for their speeches on stage in front of 1,000 top business executives at the gala dinner.

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All six winners knocked their speeches out of the park and were a highlight of the night for all attendees!

Three of our awards winners describe their experiences below:

Being in Toronto was quite the experience, despite residing in the North Toronto area. The three day trip was a unique one that was befitting for a celebrity. Our itinerary was jam packed with things like public speaking workshops, hair and makeup, tours around the city and VIP after-parties. If that wasn’t enough, I was able to spend my days with some of the most accomplished Junior Achievers I have ever met. I am so thankful for this incredible experience! – Liat Fainman-Adelman, JA Central Ontario

My trip to Toronto sponsored by JA Canada and Deloitte is an experience I will never forget. I have to admit that I was bit nervous going by myself and staying with people I didn’t even know but as soon as I met the other students I felt like I had known them all my life. Everyone was so like-minded, respectful, fun and professional, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend time with. Our chaperon was also amazing and made all of us feel comfortable and welcomed by her fun and enthusiastic personality. Before the busy day of the gala we spent time exploring downtown Toronto; we went for dinner at an authentic Mexican restaurant, watched some of the Raptors game at Jurassic park and enjoyed the beautiful night view from the CN Tower. The night of the Gala was extraordinary; I met so many inspiring and influential business leaders along with Peter Mansbridge. I wish I could do it all over again because it was definitely a huge highlight in my life. – Taylor Manning, JA Newfoundland & Labrador.

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When I was informed that I was a recipient of the Deloitte Inspiration Award, which includes a trip to Toronto to attend the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala, I was overjoyed. Once I arrived in Toronto and met the dedicated team of JA staff, I quickly learned that these two days would be ones that I would never forget. It was inspiring to see the amount of hard work that JA Canada puts into making the gala event a success. Also, it was amazing to see all of the support that this worthy organization receives from Canadian business executives.  My experience in Toronto with Junior Achievement was like none other. It was an incredible way to transition from a Junior Achievement company member to a Junior Achievement alumni. – Mairi McKinnon, JA Nova Scotia

We are extremely proud of all our 2016 National Award winners! Our next round of awards open in January 2017; it’s never too early to start preparing to apply!

 

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