IN THE NEWS: Goodwill CEO, CultureWorks founder earn Junior Achievement honour – London Free Press

For the first time, Junior Achievement in London is adding two women to its Hall of Fame in the same year.

For the first time, Junior Achievement in London is adding two women to its Hall of Fame in the same year.

Junior Achievement Southwestern Ontario is preparing for its Hall of Fame gala that will honour Michelle Quintyn, chief executive of Goodwill Industries, and Tina Bax, founder of the CultureWorks language school.

 

WE’RE HIRING: Director, Philanthropy

Director, Philanthropy, Full Time

JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.

Role Summary

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director, Philanthropy will build and lead the resource development team for JA South Western Ontario.  The Director will develop and implement an integrated strategy to obtain new, ongoing and increased support from corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals, as well as oversee fundraising events. This role collaborates closely with the President and CEO, the Director, Programs & Operations and the Director, Marketing & Communications.

Primary Responsibilities                                                              

 LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY AND TEAM MANAGEMENT

  • Develop the strategy to identify, cultivate, and steward partners, to raise both restricted and unrestricted funds for JA South Western Ontario.
  • Lead and ensure the successful delivery of signature fundraising and stewardship events (i.e., Golf tournaments, London & District Business Hall of Fame, Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame), achieving financial and stewardship goals.
  • Lead, manage, develop, and evaluate the resource development team in a manner that fosters an exceptional workplace culture.

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

  • Implement the annual approved resource development plan, ensuring all targets, components, and JA and funder requirements, are met with excellence.
  • Lead business development efforts to ensure prospects are moving through the cycle.
  • Grow and build a pipeline of new prospects and opportunities that create meaningful partnerships.
  • Oversee all aspects of partner relationships including prospecting, solicitation, grant reporting, stewardship, and communicating results.
  • Prospect, solicit and steward select partner relationships.
  • Create, implement, and monitor annual department performance including revenue and expense projections, and evaluation metrics.
  • Research potential sponsors and donors and prepare sponsorship packages
  • Collaborate with Program staff to understand team goals, ensure funding is sourced where and when needed, develop reporting, provide donor stewardship and recognition

COLLABORATION AND REPORTING

  • Collaborate with the President & CEO, and senior management to develop and assess strategic and operating plans, including budgets.
  • Act as primary resource development liaison with other charters and JA Canada, participating in national groups and initiatives as feasible.
  • Provide input to reports and prepare briefings for senior management and the Board of Directors, participating in meetings and committees as required.
  • Partner with the Program team to develop and expand partnership offerings aligned with JA South Western Ontario’s strategic plan.
  • Cultivate a system of best practice for data collection and reporting via JA South Western Ontario’s CRM platform,
  • Ensure appropriate use and recognition of donor/partner funds.
  • Represent JA South Western Ontario at community events, as required.

Education/ Experience                                                                   

  • 8-10 years+ recent fundraising experience with demonstrated track record of achievement
  • Completion of post-secondary education
  • Experience using Customer Relationship Management system such as Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce
  • Graduate of a fundraising program or working towards Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset
  • Superior computer skills, with experience in Microsoft Office and an aptitude for database systems
  • Flexibility to work outside regular hours and use personal vehicle
  • Willingness and ability to travel regionally, as appropriate
  • Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle required, as some regional travel is expected
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and proficient in time management
  • Knowledge of South Western Ontario and charitable sector is beneficial
  • The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and flexible to work within a team and independent work environment

This full-time position (40.0 hours per week) is available immediately with regular business hours and some evenings/ weekends. Remote work from a home office anywhere in the JA South Western Ontario region is possible; however, regular attendance at one of our office locations in London (head office), Chatham or Waterloo may be required, with travel as required to other parts of the region. The successful candidate must have a suitable quiet environment from which to work, with a desk and reliable and secure internet access.  A laptop will be provided. The position reports to the President & CEO.

The successful candidate must undergo a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search.

JA South Western Ontario is an equal opportunity employer. JA SWO will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status, or any other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to kgallant@jaswo.org  by October 7, 2022. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

September 21, 2022

WE’RE HIRING: Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator, Part-Time

12 hours/week, $20/hour

If you love communications, design, and making a difference, this could be the job for you!  We’re looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with great communication skills to join our team.

 JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating and implementing marketing and communications content, social media content, and facilitating other community outreach projects.

Primary Responsibilities                             

Marketing & Communications

  • Prepare social media content for various platforms
  • Create content for website, newsletter, etc.
  • Develop marketing templates and pieces for upcoming initiatives and events
  • Develop communications pieces for upcoming initiatives and events
  • Gather stories and photos of the positive impact of JA programs
  • Maintain records of communications content

Community Outreach

  • Support outreach initiatives for various stakeholder groups
  • Liaise with stakeholders to support outreach as requested

Education/ Experience                                   

  • Relevant post-secondary education and/or experience is required with priority given to background in Communications or Marketing.
  • Should be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and basic design experience required.
  • Knowledge of WordPress an asset
  • Knowledge of Canva or the Adobe Creative Suite an asset.
  • Social Media experience in a professional setting is an asset.

Specifications                                                      

This is currently a work from home position but working partly on site at one of our office locations in London, Chatham, or Kitchener may be necessary in the future.

The successful candidate must have a suitable quiet environment from which to work, with a desk and reliable and secure internet access.  A laptop will be provided.

The successful candidate must undergo a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search.

Respect for the talents, creativity, perspective and backgrounds of all individuals is a core value of JA.  A diverse workforce with wide perspectives and creative ideas benefits all. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation in the application process or those needing job postings in an alternative format may e-mail a request to info@jaswo.org.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Are you ready to be our Communications Coordinator? Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to  jwason@jaswo.org  by October 10th, 2022.

 

 

 

28 September 2022

Seeking Board Members for our exciting, growth-focused strategic plan

Overview

Junior Achievement (JA) is a global organization, operating in 110 countries around the world.  Our vision is a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.  Through the economic empowerment of youth across the world, global peace and prosperity become possible.  In recognition of JA’s impact toward this vision, JA Worldwide has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

JA South Western Ontario (jaswo.org) is embarking on an exciting, growth-focused strategic plan, striving to double our student impact by 2025.  We are seeking candidates to join our committed volunteer Board of Directors for a three year term.  The JA South Western Ontario Board of Directors currently meets 8 times per year.  Currently all meetings are held through videoconferencing with a hybrid meeting model expected in future.  The board has three standing committees (Executive; Finance & Risk; Governance & Nominations) and uses operational committees to advance the work of the organization as required.

Key Considerations

The Board is focused on achieving the priorities of its Strategic Planning Framework.  This year, the Governance & Nominations committee is giving priority to individuals with the following:

  • Skills/Experience – Individuals with a Certified Human Resources Leadership designation (CHRL/CHRP) and/or legal, technology or property management experience
  • Geography – Individuals within South Western Ontario, with particular interest in individuals from Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, Waterloo Region and Hamilton
  • Demographic background – Individuals with a variety of lived experience including gender, age and ethnicity

JA South Western Ontario is committed to broadening the diversity of our Board of Directors.  We encourage applications from individuals who reflect the diversity of the community we serve including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBT2SQIA+ and people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Expressions of Interest

Are you ready to share your expertise and experience to guide our organization during this exciting growth period?  JA South Western Ontario invites expressions of interest from those wishing to serve on its Board of Directors for a term that would begin November 2022.  Interested candidates can learn more by contacting Alicia Gall, agall@jaswo.org or by submitting a resume for consideration by September 9, 2022.

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IN THE NEWS: JA announces Business Hall of Fame 2022 laureates – London Inc. Magazine

Tina Bax and Michelle Quintyn will be inducted into the London and District Business Hall of Fame in October

Photo: 2022 JA London and District Business Hall of Fame inductees Tina Bax and Michelle Quintyn

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SOUTH Western Ontario has announced this year’s laureates to be inducted into the JA London and District Business Hall of Fame.

Each year, in recognition of outstanding contributions and ethics in business, Hall of Fame laureates are nominated and selected by respected members of the London and area business community.

Tina Bax, founder and former president of CultureWorks ESL and founder of Canada Immigration Pathway, and Michelle Quintyn, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes, were announced as the 2022 laureates in a presentation held on Thursday.

 

JA announces Business Hall of Fame 2022 laureates

Thank you Volunteers! Celebrating National Volunteer Week

We could not be more grateful for our incredible volunteers who have continued to support our local students through another challenging year.  Young people need the skills and training from JA more than ever – and our volunteers help bring that experiential education every step of the way.  We’ve gathered information highlighting a few of our volunteers and we hope you’ll enjoy reading more about them and why they volunteer with JA.  THANK YOU to each and every volunteer for being so generous with your time to make a difference in the life of our youth.

Read our Volunteer Highlights

IN THE NEWS: Funding from Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development helps Junior Achievement bring game-changing program to youth in Hamilton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Funding from Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development helps Junior Achievement bring game-changing program to youth in Hamilton

 

Hamilton, ON – April 25, 2022The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is helping JA South Western Ontario bring a new program to Hamilton, which is expected to be a game changer for at-risk youth. Through the Skills Development Fund, the Ministry is providing $100,400 toward the development of JA Job Shadow program in the community; supporting youth aged 16-20 who are not currently in school.

JA Job Shadow is an impactful program that informs and empowers youth with the skills and capabilities to thrive in the workforce.  To date, the program has primarily been used by JA organizations in the United States and other countries and the program in Hamilton will be one of the first of its kind in Canada.

“To build stronger communities, we need to ensure young people have pathways to meaningful employment,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “I am proud to support this JA project, which gives youth in Hamilton hands-on training and a pathway to financial independence and a better life.”

JA Program participants will engage in career exploration and planning activities that help them develop the employability skills employers are seeking. They will also gain valuable experience through a job shadow opportunity with a local business. This project inspires youth to create their own career goals and develop vital skills by connecting them directly with employers so they can learn what is required for success

“This program is really focused at bridging a gap,” said Karen Gallant, President and CEO of JA South Western Ontario. “We know there are youth who need a less traditional path into their future – and we know there are companies looking for skilled workers. We are thrilled to be able to pilot this program in Hamilton and support young people and the community in this new way.”

JA Job Shadow will empower workers and job seekers who face higher barriers of entry, and enhance pathways into meaningful and gainful employment and will begin rolling out in the summer of 2022.  Interested partners or participants are encouraged to reach out to info@jaswo.org and check back for updates at jaswo.org.

 

 

Thank you Riverview Bingo!

Throughout all the shutdowns from the pandemic, Riverview Bingo has done everything in its power to keep the funding coming for JA and other charities in Chatham-Kent.

We’re so grateful for the support of Riverview across all three JA pillars – financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Knowing that funding is there each month has been a huge help in bringing essential JA education to students in our community. This proactive education will help keep students out of the cycle of poverty – and support the community builders of the future!

Thank you Riverview!

https://www.riverviewbingo.ca/

Nominations for 2022 London & District Business Hall of Fame open through March 25th

If you know someone who would be a good candidate  for the London and District Business Hall of Fame, now is the time to let us know! 2022 Laureate nominations will be open through March 25th.

Established by Junior Achievement of London and District in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame honours the lifetime achievements of London and area’s most distinguished individuals who have helped shape our community through their business success, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions. These distinguished leaders have planted the seeds of greatness that today’s youth will harvest to create their future.

Inductees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee. This year’s Laureates will be welcomed into the JA London and District Business Hall of Fame at the 2022 Induction Ceremonies and Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the RBC Place London (as possible).  Laureate portraits will be installed at the permanent exhibit located on the second floor of the downtown London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.

Read more about the selection criteria and make your nomination:  Laureate Nomination Form 2022

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize;
JA South Western Ontario Celebrates this Prestigious Honour

JA Worldwide, a non-profit organization that helps young people develop the skillset and mindset to achieve success, has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

As a member of the worldwide Junior Achievement network, JA Southwestern Ontario prepares thousands of local students every year to compete in the global economy by delivering hands-on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

JA has been helping young people since the organization’s founding in 1919, but this recognition is about more than just JA’s impact on individuals. The effects of JA are felt in communities, countries, and the entire world because the organization has been able to scale up to reach over 10 million young people per year, partnering with more than 400,000 volunteers and teachers, who deliver hands-on, immersive learning experiences in 115 countries

For centuries, unemployment and poverty have led to political instability, violence, and war. By economically empowering youth on all continents, JA Worldwide—and especially JA’s 150+ million alumni living all over the world—serve as a conduit for peace and a global force for good.

This nomination for JA Worldwide is the beginning of a journey for the JA network, especially given that many organizations have been nominated multiple times before being shortlisted or selected as a winner. There are, of course, many deserving organizations, and JA feels privileged to be mentioned alongside with others that are striving for a more peaceful world.

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honoured to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Brad Geddes, Director Emeritus of the JA SWO Board, explained how JA creates a lasting impact: “My own journey with JA began more than 50 years ago as a high-school student. Participating in the JA Company Program ignited my entrepreneurial passion. With fellow students we discovered how to overcome many challenges and find success by creating and running a business. JA is a transformational experience, with guidance provided by volunteer mentors and the financial support of the local business community.” Geddes also serves on the JA Worldwide Global Council.

Locally, JA has been inspiring and preparing youth in South Western Ontario for over 58 years. Last year JA South Western Ontario provided over 16.000 student experiences, working proactively to prepare students for their lives ahead as they become the community builders of the future.