Local student group does Lambton College proud at regional competition

enactusIt is no surprise that Lambton College’s Enactus walked away with several awards from the Regional Enactus Competition in Mississauga on March 11, 2013. Up against 23 universities and colleges from Quebec, Manitoba, and Ontario, the student-run organization was presented with two first prize awards and one second place award.

Enactus Lambton is a student-driven group that works in the community to promote entrepreneurship, reduction of poverty, financial literacy, and environmental stewardship.

“Our team truly did the College proud,” says Amanda da Silva, President of Enactus, “It’s quite an accomplishment for our college team to win several awards while competing against larger colleges and universities. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The judges were very impressed with the work of the students and their dedication to improving the local community and communities around the world through entrepreneurism.  The team’s focus has been on the development of Kasaka, a rural village in Zambia. Their areas of impact include education, healthcare, commerce, farming, carpentry and alternative energy. In terms of local initiatives, Enactus Lambton has partnered up with the Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton to educate women on topics such as budgeting and money management. This project will impact over 150 women in Sarnia-Lambton this year alone. 

To top off the three team awards, da Silva was presented with the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award for Central Canada. After being awarded as the 2012 Student Entrepreneur Ontario Champion, being named one of Sarnia’s top newsmakers of 2012, and thriving in the President’s position at Enactus Lambton, she is the perfect candidate for the award.

“I can personally attest to Amanda's complete dedication and passion that she brings every day to our team,” says Jon Milos, Faculty Advisor for Enactus. “The unprecedented success of our team is due in large part to Amanda's desire, vision and leadership, “

The Enactus team at Lambton College received the following awards at 2013 The Enactus Regional Competition:

First place: TD Entrepreneurship Challenge

First place: Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge

Second place: Capital One Financial Education Challenge

16 presenters travelled to Mississauga for the Regional Competition. The team of 45 is now preparing for the National Competition taking place May 6, 2013 – May 9, 2013.

Enactus Canada is a community of student, academic and business leaders enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,300 student leaders create and implement over 350 community empowerment projects and business ventures every year in communities coast to coast.

For more information on Enactus Lambton, visit www.facebook.com/EnactusLambton  

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