Young vi­sion­ary sweeps Youth Ven­tures awards

The Compass - - NEWS - BY BILL BOW­MAN

A young Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, mother and busi­ness owner swept the awards last week at the Youth Ven­tures 13th an­nual awards lun­cheon held this year in Har­bour Grace.

Heather Jones, who grew up in Twill­ingate and cur­rently re­sides in Wit­less Bay, took the Ven­ture of the Year Award. The New­found­land and Labrador As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Busi­ness Cor­po­ra­tions (CBDCs) spon­sored the top award.

Kelp Me!, Heather’s en­ter­prise, also earned the Ex­cel­lence in In­no­va­tion, spon­sored by MMSB and Ex­cel­lence in Agri­cul­ture award, which was spon­sored by Farm Credit Canada.

Kelp Me! is a line of all nat­u­ral body care prod­ucts that con­tain no preser­va­tives, dyes or per­fumes, but do con­tain New­found­land sea­weed.

Grow­ing up in Twill­ingate and spend­ing time roam­ing the beaches and shore­line, or out in the fish­ing boat with her fa­ther and brother, Heather couldn’t help but won­der why they only har­vested fish from the sea.

The young vi­sion­ary be­lieves “if we have an idea we want to see ma­te­ri­al­ize, we must first be­lieve in our abil­i­ties and then roll up our sleeves and make it hap­pen.”

It takes re­search, hard work and a lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion to start a small busi­ness - prin­ci­ples she used to launch Kelp Me!

Heather’s awards were among 11 handed out dur­ing an Aug. 17 awards lun­cheon at the Har­bour Breeze.

The other win­ners in the 2010 Youth Ven­tures Pro­gram are:

* Jen­nifer McCarthy, Dunville, Men­tor of the Year, spon­sored by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment;

* Kathy Simon, Stephenville, Star Co-or­di­na­tor, spon­sored by Transcontinental Me­dia;

* Eoin Hickey, owner of Eoin Hickey Graphic De­sign, St. John’s, Ex­cel­lence in Technology, spon­sored by New­found­land Power;

* Sarah Bur­ton, Sarah’s Pet Sit­ting, Stephenville, Ex­cel­lence in Cus­tomer Ser­vice, spon­sored by Cal LeGrow;

* Ear­lene Power and Kelsey Dean, Snacks on the Go!, Por­tu­gal Cove South, Ex­cel­lence in Cul­ture and Tourism, spon­sored by Hos­pi­tal­ity New­found­land and Labrador;

* Lau­ren Ge­orge, White­way singer/song­writer of CD Ob­ses­sion, Ex­cel­lence in Artis­tic Achieve­ment, spon­sored by the New­found­land and Labrador As­so­ci­a­tion of CBDCs;

* Stephanie Dono­van and Jameila Ali, Boussi, St. John’s, Ex­cel­lence in Mar­ket­ing, spon­sored by At­lantic Busi­ness Mag­a­zine;

* and Parinita Verma, Body Art Cre­ations, Stephenville, Ex­cel­lence in Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment, spon­sored by Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Bank of Canada.

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