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Lake View Credit Union helps bring Junior Achievement back to Peace Region

Photo: JA volunteer team at Lake View Credit Union: Tammy Beers, Glen Travers, Rolene Waldie and Jennifer Pierce.

Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, British Columbia – March 9, 2016 – Employees from Lake View Credit Union are bringing Junior Achievement (JA) programs back to the BC Peace River Region this spring.

Having recently arrived in BC, Glen Travers, Regional Branch Manager of Lake View Credit Union, formed a JA volunteer team with a few colleagues to deliver the JA Our Business World program at Tumbler Ridge Elementary (hosted by teacher Ms. Sarah Lutgen) and Little Prairie Elementary in Chetwynd (hosted by teacher Ms. Ashley Tower) beginning in March this year.

Travers is no stranger to JA. He has been delivering JA programs for years throughout Canada. “I have had the privilege of partnering with Junior Achievement across Canada – in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and now in beautiful British Columbia.”

“There’s no doubt JA programs truly inspire and engage our youth to think globally and understand the importance of innovation and financial literacy,” says Glen Travers. “Our volunteer partnership with JA British Columbia (JABC) gives Lake View employees the opportunity to share relevant experiences which help to reinforce these important values.”

JA program Our Business World inspires students to become Canada’s next entrepreneurs. Offered to grades five and six in BC, the program helps students explore how businesses are created and what makes them thrive. Students learn about innovation, start-ups and self-employment through games such as Dollar a Glass – an online virtual game taking the player through a lemonade sales stand business, and Business Benefit Bonanza – an interactive game board where students collect Business Benefit cards and are quizzed on how businesses can positively impact the community.

Lake View Credit Union is a strong supporter of JA in the Peace Region. Jennifer Lalonde, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors, explains why Lake View believes in the value of JA programs.

“At Lake View Credit Union, we embrace the concept of partnership, rather than sponsorship, where there is value for all parties. JA programs in BC align closely with Lake View’s community programs and projects that support our mission of enriching our members’ lives and improving the social benefit and well-being of our communities.”

“JA programs provide essential inspiration and pique the curiosity of our youth to help them stretch to their full potential. Lake View is pleased to be partnering with JABC.”

If you are a teacher interested in hosting a JA program that helps your students build up skills in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, visit jabc.ca/teachers for more information. If you are a business person interesting in sharing your experience with young people and inspiring them to achieve their full potential, visit jabc.ca/volunteers to find out how.

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For more information about this news release, please contact:

Annie Ko
Manager, Marketing & Communications
annie.ko@jabc.org | 604.688.3887 x. 231
JA British Columbia

About JA British Columbia

JA British Columbia (JABC) is a member of JA Canada who is a member JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest NGO dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2015, over 35,000 students in BC benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit jabc.ca for more information.

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