National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week and I’m going to plug the organization I give my time to: Junior Achievement Northern Alberta. JA’s mission is “to inspire and educate young Canadians to experience free enterprise, understand business and economics, and develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills.” This speaks to me because it’s relevant, it’s something I wish I had available to me growing up, and it helps set kids up for success starting at Grade 3 and lasting through Grade 12.

The experience I’ve had in my career is the perfect background when talking to students about any number of topics. I’ve taught classes about tools and technology, general business concepts, the importance of communication and leadership skills, and why personal financial management matters. And it’s easy for anyone to do: the lesson plans and materials come prepared and all you have to do is draw upon your own experiences to create amazing packages of knowledge that you pass on to students.

If you’re interested in learning more or trying your hand at delivering a program, Junior Achievement has separate offices for North Alberta ( and South Alberta (

If you want to ask questions or share your thoughts and experiences, leave a comment or get in touch via one of the many forms of social media.

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