Grand Falls-Windsor college students compete at national competition
CNA campus director calls students “fabulous ambassadors”
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students faced off against Canada’s best and brightest at a recent national event.
“It was really inspiring seeing all the top universities and colleges presenting their projects from all across Canada,” said CNA Grand Falls-Windsor student Stephanie Janes. “It’s really cool to see the scale and scope of what Enactus Canada is doing.”
CNA Grand Falls-Windsor Campus sent eight students as part of their Enactus team to the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario May 14-16.
The three-day event saw universities and colleges from across Canada highlight their groups community projects and business ventures.
Grand Falls-Windsor students Kyle Roberts, Natasha Service, Carrie-Lee West and Janes helped present the Hope Matters project that earned them the Scotiabank EcoLiving
Green Challenge at the regional exposition in Halifax back in March.
Also representing the Grand Falls-Windsor CNA campus were Jade King, Crystal Ford, Sarah Ballard and Jeremy Keefe,
who won the Enactus Spirit Award for their division at the national event, made a presentation of combined projects.
The St. John’s Prince Phillip Drive Campus also sent six students to the competition.
Janes, who served as project manager for Hope Matters, the community-based project focused on using plastic bags to create mats for the homeless, said it was amazing to see how many individual projects are going on across Canada.
“The difference in the scope of the projects and what people are doing is just kind of mind blowing really,” she said.
Janes noted she and the rest of the team are going to try and expand and continue to make an impact.
“It’s all about social enterprise and causing a positive impact in your community and beyond,” she said.
Grand Falls-Windsor campus director Joan Pynn, who along with CNA business management instructor Susanne Ivey accompanied the students to Toronto, said the national exposition offered students an incredible learning opportunity as they got to face off against the best competition Canada has to offer.
“It is experiential learning at its finest,” Pynn said in a press release. “What they take away from such competitions cannot be learned in a classroom. I am incredibly proud of our students, as they were fabulous ambassadors for both their campus and their college.”
The Hope Matters Enactus team from College of the North Atlantic Grand Falls-Windsor Campus at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario. Pictured are Stephanie Janes, Kyle Roberts, Natasha Service, and Carrie-Lee West.