Junior Achievers shine

"I have to thank my counselors, teachers and members of my company who all worked as a team. This award belongs to all of us."

Monday, June 22, 2015

MEILING Chan Chow, a Form 4 student of Holy Faith Convent, Couva, captured the prestigious Achiever of the Year Award when Junior Achievement of Trinidad and Tobago held its 45th Annual Future Unlimited Banquet at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre on Saturday.

“I am very happy to receive this award. Although I knew I put in a lot of hard work, it is really a surprise. I have to thank my counselors, teachers and members of my company who all worked as a team. This award belongs to all of us,” said an elated Chan Chow, a member of PBNS (Proud But Never Satisfied) Productions.

In the other top individual category, Mark Ransom, of Presentation College, San Fernando, heading Designs Kooler Than You (DKTY), was adjudged President of the Year. JA Company of the Year went to Best AT Everything (BAE), counseled by energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago, platinum sponsor of Junior Achievement. BAE also took home two other major awards: Best Trade Fair Sales Team and Best Stockholders Report.

Several hundred students, accompanied by teachers and parents, packed the Hilton Trinidad ballroom to celebrate their achievements over the past year at the gala banquet where JA Executive Chairman J. Errol Lewis made a passionate appeal for more support for the JA movement from corporate Trinidad and Tobago.

Lewis announced that JA’s marquee project - the Annual Trade Fair at Woodford Square, Port of Spain - generated sales of $130,000, while the Open House Week pulled in more than $50,000. One of the heart-warming features for the year was the fact that each JA company presented one hamper per month to a needy family. A total of 35 companies, representing secondary schools across Trinidad, were formed in 2015.

The feature address was delivered by Dr. Christina Pierre, Research Assistant, Department of Biology, McMaster University, Canada. A former JA achiever herself, Dr. Pierre is engaged in cancer research.

Dr. Pierre told the JA graduating members: “You must have a dream. You must have a vision. You must have the passion and will to achieve something great and important. However, it is all well and good to have a dream but you have to work hard and put in long hours to achieve it.”

Joel Primus, Community Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Adviser, bpTT, assured the audience that the company would continue its longstanding partnership with Junior Achievement, pointing out that the objectives of the JA movement fit squarely with bpTT’s core values of developing the human resource potential of Trinidad and Tobago and investing in the education of young people.

“Today marks a special day in your lives. You have had the opportunity to enter the world of work and entrepreneurship, as it were. Make full use of the opportunities that have presented themselves during your time with Junior Achievement. You must ensure that the lessons learnt during this period serve you well in the years ahead,” Primus urged the JA graduates.