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Enactus SLC competes at Enactus Nationals

2016-05-09
Enactus St. Lawrence College (SLC) represented the College with its entrepreneurial spirit at the Enactus Nationals competition in Toronto, May 2-6, 2016. Enactus SLC, along with 63 other colleges and universities from across the country, competed to represent Canada at the Enactus Worldcup.

The success of Enactus SLC has grown over the past years, evolving to be the most diverse team yet. The impact our team has on our community has grown each and every year. Enactus SLC has made a difference in the lives of youth with our food literacy projects; Slow Cookers for Kids and Burger Club, where culinary management students taught youth in our community how to provide and cook for their families. We empowered the lives of inmates of correctional institutions and crown wards through our Manage Your Money project, which taught participants how and why everyday financials decisions are so important. These represent just a few of our four projects and 14 initiatives.

The projects that Enactus SLC undertake are innovative and have made a huge impact within our college and the greater Kingston community. “Enactus St. Lawrence College has worked hard this year, impacting many lives in our community. The team, as always, has represented the college with grace and enthusiasm. Students showcased their projects and community partners to the country. It was an honour working with these students!” said Emilie McIntosh, Outgoing General Manager.

The Enactus SLC team competed with passion, dedication and left everything on the table, as a team we walked away holding our heads high as semi-finalists in the national competition.This meant as a team we were ranked in the top twenty college and universities across Canada. We had the opportunity to observe over 60 of Canada’s most amazing teams present which inspired and energized us to expand our community based initiatives.

We also received numerous individual awards. Cedric Pepelea was awarded $1500 cash for the Unilever Leaders for a Bright Future award for his dedications to serve as a role model and inspire others by his entrepreneurial actions.

“The Unilever award has given me the confidence to start my own business and is giving me the opportunity to pay it forward to the community,” said Cedric Pepelea, a graduating Energy Systems Engineering Technology student. 

Laura Van Vlaardingen was recognized for superior leadership and team development receiving the Founders Bursary for $2500. 

Faculty advisor, Dan Hendry was inducted into the John Dobson Fellowship for making an outstanding contribution the past year mentoring and coaching the Enactus team.

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About St. Lawrence College With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 82,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.