IN THE NEWS: TD Bank Group Invests in JA Canada to Support Youth Across Canada with Financial Literacy Education (Yahoo Finance)

Over the next three-years, JA Canada will equip more than 90,000 youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast with the financial literacy skills and tools they need to be better prepared for the future with support from TD.

TORONTODec. 1, 2022 /CNW/ – JA Canada is pleased to announce a renewed three-year collaboration with TD Bank Group (TD). This generous support will empower more than 90,000 youth across Canada with the skills they need to live a financially healthy future by participating in the Dollars with Sense program.

JA Canada logo (CNW Group/JA Canada)
JA Canada logo (CNW Group/JA Canada)

Dollars with Sense is a financial literacy program delivered to students in grades 7-9 across Canada. The program curriculum teaches students how to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free, and become savvy investors. Students learn personal money management skills that they can apply to their lives.

“Dollars with Sense is one of JA’s most in-demand and widely delivered programs. TD’s long-standing and renewed support for the program fuels JA Canada’s engagement of students, equipping them with critical financial literacy knowledge and skills to differentiate between needs and wants; make informed consumer decisions; use credit responsibly; and prepare a budget,” said Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada.

“Moreover, TD’s collaboration with our national program development of Dollars with Sense will enable JA to update and inclusively redesign the program increasing accessibility and engagement,” said Hillier.

The redesigned Dollars with Sense program will provide an interactive experience adapted to all learning styles whether students learn in the classroom, with a teacher or volunteer, or independently online at home.

“Supporting Canadian adolescents with the tools and support needed to build financial literacy fundamentals is very important to us,” said Uma Venkataramaiah, Senior Manager – Philanthropy Canada, TD Bank Group. “We’re so happy to continue supporting JA Canada and the Dollars with Sense initiative, both financially and through volunteerism, with programming that is accessible, inclusive and will help provide financial education skills to our future generations of leaders.”

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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 December 15th, 2022.

 

 

30 November September 2022

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.

 

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.

 

https://londonincmagazine.ca/2022/07/07/ja-hall-of-fame-inductees/

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