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JABC hosts 10th annual Economics for Success event on Vancouver Island

Photo: EFS Volunteer Sharon Wutke with her daughter

On February 16, 2017, JABC hosted its 10th Economics for Success event in Port Alberni. With the incredible support of Principal Rob Souther, this annual event brings together approximately 300 teens from Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS). A total of 12 volunteers from the local business community participated in this full day event and shared their real-world experiences with the students in effort to inspire and prepare them for their future careers.

The JA Economics for Success program encourages students to explore their educational and career goals. Lessons including mapping interests, skills and passions to possible careers, developing valuable job searching skills including networking, volunteering, working with a mentor and interviewing, and creating a budget to prepare for the financial reality of post-secondary life.

Special thanks goes out to Greg Freethy, District Lead, Career Education Programs, ADSS who has been part of this initiative since its inception and has managed to bring this program to nearly 2400 island youth to date. We were also pleased to welcome special guest speaker Deanna Beaudoin, Executive Director, McLean Mill Historical Park who spoke about turning dreams into reality.

Here are some quotes from students on what they learned after completing the program:

  • “The most important thing I learned was that my career path may change multiple times throughout my life.”
  • “I learned all the mistakes you can make in an interview and don’t post online when you think you got the job after the interview.”
  • “Money and technology will remain two determining factors in future employment.”
  • “Technology is becoming very important and I should follow a rising path.”
  • “I learned what networking was and some great interview skills.”









EFS Volunteer Randy Thoen, Captain, Fire Suppression Division, Port Alberni Fire Dept.










Left to Right: EFS Volunteers – Mark Aussem, Port Tech Security Systems; Paul Anacleto, Save on Foods; Deanna Beaudoin,  Mclean Mill Historical Park; Kelly Gilday, Port Alberni Fire Dept.; Bill Collette, Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce; Chris Spronken, BC Forests; Enyko Klasten, CIBC, Liz Gaudet, Investors Group Financial Services; Brent Williams, RBC; Sharon Wutke, BMO; Tami Netzer, BMO