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Chamber to expand Junior Achievement

By: Frank McTighe – Editor, Fort Macleod Gazette

August 7, 2013

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce will offer more money management and investment courses at F.P. Walshe School.

Chamber members decided Thursday during the monthly meeting to expand its Junior Achievement offerings to three courses.  Chamber members on Thursday talked about the proposal and decided to offer the three courses at F.P. Walshe School beginning this fall.

Junior Achievement Southern Alberta was established in 1960 with a goal of inspiring and educating young people to succeed in the global economy.  Junior Achievement helps young people understand business and economics, and develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

One course, “Dollars and Sense” helps students explore money management, budgeting and investing.  The course encourages students to set goals and make informed decisions about their financial future.

James Tessier, a business analyst with Community Futures Alberta Southwest, was part of a team that won an award at the Economic Developers Association event. Tessier received $500 and decided to use that money to leverage more education opportunities in the region.  “He wants to do something good with [the award],” Community Futures Alberta Southwest General Manager said.

Walker explained Tessier is putting forward a proposal to Talisman Energy to fund additional Junior Achievement courses in Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek.  Tessier’s proposal will be to use his $500 dollars and [the contributions from the two Chambers and local businesses] and ask Talisman to match it with $2500.

“What we’re down to is trying to raise money for it or get sponsors,” Chamber president Terry Daniels said.

Rural Alberta Business Centre small business advisor Srecko Ponjavic offered to contribute $500 towards the project.

The Chamber now has to chip in $1,000 or find corporate sponsors to contribute that amount.

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