President Leshontae Missick of Expressive Creation Co. will travel to Nova Scotia in August to represent Junior Achievement from Cayman Brac.
She was just one of the Brac JA team that walked away with awards recently at the Annual Awards Banquet of the Junior Achievement Company on Grand Cayman.
Attending from the Brac were 25 achieves and six chaperones.
Ms Missick received President of the Year Award at the banquet. Vice President Joanna Tibbetts received the Public Relations Award and Vice President Jordan Grant received the Special Award for Finance.
In addition, Ms Missick was selected along with seven other achievers to represent the Cayman Islands at the Next Generation Leaders Forum at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of Canada oldest universities.
On 11-17 August, Junior Achievement of Canada will host 150 global youth business leaders. These achievers have been individually selected as top performers in the JA Program, Chosen to attend for their high potential and the opportunity to advance their careers, the participants will deal with real business challenges and develop strategies in collaboration with their global peers, university faculty and industry volunteers. The experience prepares them with leadership skills so they can lead organisations in the future.
The achievers worked for 18 weeks to meticulously setting up, operate and liquidate a company. They walked away from the programme with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be an asset as they embark on future endeavours.
They have demonstrated that they can work as a team after dealing with board members and stockholders. There were times when advisors were called in to observe and make suggestions on issues affecting the company, but the final decision rested with the board of directors.
They made tough decisions that left some members in an uncomfortable position, but important lessons were learnt, states a press release. They have grown tremendously in their attitude toward being punctual at meetings, work and taking the initiative.
“At a number of our meetings, we invited guests from the business community to assist with their training and development. At those meetings, the achievers dressed professionally and our guests commended them on how they conducted themselves. Our guests include businessman and First Elected Member of the Legislative Assembly Moses Kirkconnell. He is a major supporter of the programme and visits every year. Another guest included Manager of Brac Reef Beach Resort Trudy Viers,” stated the release.
“Once again, we had our Business Knowledge Bowl Quiz as a means to further stimulate their interests in business math and basic business terms.
The quiz master was Jonathon Tibbetts, manager of Brac Power and Light Co. Both he and Zanda Scott, manager of CNB Cayman Brac Branch, made invited a few of the achievers to gain hands on experience on the conversion of currencies and the working out of the consumption of electricity bill. We wish to thank these sponsors for their priceless investment into the programme over the years.”
Two of the eight achievers appeared on the television show Day Break to market the company and products. The board of directors attended a workshop training prior to the official start of the programme in Grand Cayman.