Hello! This April, we are excited to share our latest news and celebrate JABC Volunteer Appreciation Month and National Volunteer Week (April 24-30) across Canada.

We acknowledge the unwavering support of our amazing volunteers this past year- thank you! Check out all that we're up to below.

Message from our President & CEO

JABC Volunteer Appreciation Month

On behalf of all of us at JABC, I want to express a heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers- classroom, event, Board of Directors, committees and more- who gave their time this past year to inspire, prepare and empower youth all across British Columbia.

Thanks to you, young people are developing the skillset and the mindset to build thriving communities.

You truly are the heart of JA!

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Sheila Biggers,

JABC President & CEO

JABC Volunteer Service Award Recipients

We are so proud to acknowledge the anniversaries of these amazing volunteers and thank them for their multiple years of service facilitating JA programs in classrooms throughout B.C.!

15 Years

Frank Baker

Ingrid Bos

Elaine Kam

Rick Peereboom

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10 Years

Des Chew

Laura Gillette

Jacquie Haycroft

Jennifer Wilnechenko

Jennifer Yip

5 Years

Robert B. Ashwell

Sarah Dorrington

Dave Eleiter

Catherine H. Ellis

Laura Funk

Rod Holmes

Ramona Hooper

Coralee Katzberg

John Leishman

Denise M. Levine

Nari Rampersad-Maharaj

Adam Vickers

Upcoming Events


Cast your Fan Vote at the Virtual Competition Finale

May 24, 2022

Watch talented high school students pitch their business ideas in the final round of the 2022 Discovery Foundation's Discover your Pitch virtual competition. The top teams from around B.C. compete for cash prizes (over $7,000 is up for grabs this year!) in front of a panel of business leaders. You can also cast your own vote!

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Sponsorships Sold Out

 Vancouver Convention Centre

June 7, 2022

At the 2022 Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies, we're honouring three business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to our community: Peter P. Dhillon, Dr. Allen Eaves and Darren Entwistle. Please contact us to be placed on the waitlist.

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Save the Date for CJA!

June 15, 2022

This year, our annual volunteer recognition event will be held online from 3-4 pm on June 15th.

See our Year in Review video and hear from speakers, students, volunteers and our recent award winners. Planning is underway and more details will be coming soon!

Get Involved

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Calling all Volunteers! We have many vacancies to fill this spring.

Top Five JA Program Delivery Needs:

Dollars with Sense (Grades 7-9)

  • Kwantlen Park, Surrey (12 volunteers)
  • Princess Margaret, Surrey (20 volunteers)

Economics for Success (Grades 8-10)

  • Dover Bay Secondary, Nanaimo (4 volunteers)
  • Kwantlen Park Secondary, Surrey (19 Volunteers)
  • Bayside Middle School, Brentwood Bay (6 volunteers)

These are all four (one-hour) visits to the classroom. Want more details on these vacancies? Contact Taylor Stewart.

JABC volunteer opportunities are very flexible.

Choose a JA program based on your interests or area of expertise. We provide all the training, curriculum, materials and a teacher with a classroom ready to meet you. Plus, you can volunteer in-class or even virtually from your desk. Join us!

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Adopt a School in 2022

Is there a school in your community that might benefit from a JA program?

Adopt a class, a grade, or a school to give more B.C. youth access to JA's life-changing programs!

We will work with you to identify the right program and grade level that meets your interests.

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Spring Updates


Educators and Volunteers- Please encourage your students to apply!

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Do you know a deserving recipient?

Each year, we are very pleased to offer a number of awards to recognize outstanding student performance in a JA program.

Individual Awards and Deadlines

  • Oratory and Presentation Skills (April 11)
  • Junior Entrepreneur Award (April 11)
  • Dr. Donald Rix Inspiring Business Excellence (May 8)
  • Jan Bell-Irving Award for Women's Leadership (May 8)
  • JABC Basin Impact Award (May 8)

Student Company Awards and Deadlines

  • Student Company of the Year (May 15)
  • Celebrate Entrepreneurship Provincial Award (May 15)

In the News

International Women's Day Feature

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Our President and CEO was recently highlighted in this special IWD feature.

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JA Worldwide Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


In case you missed the news, JA Worldwide received some wonderful recognition.

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We are always looking to improve the information we share with you. Please provide any feedback to news@jabc.org.

A hearty thank you from the JABC team.

April 2022

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