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Students Achieve Success in CBU In.Business Program

Six students in the AVRSB Native Student Advisor Program have just returned from the In.Business Closing Conference, wrapping up a successful year in this national business education and mentorship program for Aboriginal youth, facilitated by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at Cape Breton University.

 Meaghan Whitman (BRHS), James Sheaves (MRHS), Alyssa Silver (MRHS), Maria Durling (CKRHS), Sabrina Jacquard-Doucette (HHS) and Ryan Corbin (HHS) travelled to Fredericton, NB to take part in the closing event. Nelson Kruszewski (HHS) was unable to attend, as he was selected to be part of Team Nova Scotia for the North American Indigenous Games happening on the same weekend. Overall, there are nine AVRSB students enrolled in the program.

Grade 12 student Ryan Corbin was awarded the Purdy Award, in honour of his outstanding performance in the program. Ryan was also named Student-of-the-Month earlier this year, in recognition of his work on a project to research an Aboriginal entrepreneur—his uncle, a drum-builder--and to research a culture other than his own. Although Ryan’s plans for future education don’t include business right now—he’s interested in studying nursing—he says his experience in the program has been positive, giving him a chance to meet new people and have fun completing the challenges.

Sabrina Jacquard-Doucette, also in grade 12, has received two Purdy Awards: one at the In.Business opening conference in the fall of 2016 and one at the spring 2016 closing conference. This spring, Sabrina was selected as one of two winners of a national In.Business video challenge. Program participants across Canada were asked to create a video outlining their plan for a social enterprise using seed money from RBC’s #Make150Count campaign. After speaking with classmates about the cost of post-secondary education, Sabrina devised a plan for a textbook exchange for Aboriginal university students, to provide access to textbooks at a lower cost and to raise funds for organizations that serve Aboriginal students. In the fall, Sabrina will be attending Dalhousie University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in technical theatre studies with a minor in business. If she has the chance, she would put her textbook exchange idea into action using the skills and connections she’s gained through In.Business.

For more information on In.Business, visit http://www.cbu.ca/indigenous-affairs/purdy-crawford-chair-in-aboriginal-...

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