Lambton College claims prizes in all four categories at regional Enactus competition


Lambton College is celebrating victory after claiming a series of titles at the 2018 Enactus Canada Regional Exposition held over the weekend in Mississauga. The two-day event welcomed 28 Enactus teams from universities and colleges throughout central Canada as they showcased their community outreach projects and business ventures through rounds of live competition. Of the four categories they were competing in, the Enactus Lambton team managed to claim the top spot in two of their matchups and were awarded first runner up in the other two. This is the first time in the group’s history that they managed to clinch an award in the Youth Empowerment category, and the first time they have won an award in all four categories. Enactus Lambton was awarded first place for the following awards: TD Entrepreneurship Challenge Regional Champion for their work transforming rural villages in Zambia through their One Seed, Hippy Peanut Butter, and Cube Zambia projects. Students Courtney Neilson and Megan Rizzo outlined how Enactus Lambton was able to help Zambian farmers expand a peanut butter factory in February 2017, and how the success of Hippy Peanut Butter helped establish a business incubator, The Cube Zambia, which launched 20 new businesses in the past year. With the help of Enactus Lambton, peanut sales increased from $300 per hectare to more than $6,000 per hectare, a growth of 20 times the earning potential, and an income six times greater than the Zambian median household income. Additionally, the factory received orders of 2,500 jars of peanut butter per week from a major African grocery chain. Students also taught 150 new Zambian trainers the techniques of no-till farming, while training 1,500 new farmers directly. No-Till trainers assisted an additional 28,500 farmers, creating an economic profit of over $34,700,000 this year. Capital One Financial Education Challenge Regional Champion for their Strength in Numbers project, a financial education program presented by Logan Savage and Jason Thompson. In the past year, Enactus Lambton hosted 17 traditional peer to peer workshops, engaging with more than 120 participants through the program, while also moving Strength In Numbers online with the help and support of Lambton College's E-Learning Design House. As part of the program, students conduct pre and post-session follow-up surveys at one, three and six month intervals. Survey results indicated participants were able to increase debt reduction by an average of $50/month while increasing savings $25/month. Students also collected letters of support from 20 community partners who have committed to implementing Strength In Numbers Online as a workplace or client service training program. The new online program also caught the attention of OCAS who is helping Enactus Lambton students refine the program so that it can be shared with all post-secondary students across Ontario. To date, the program has assisted over 1,000 people across Sarnia-Lambton. The team was named first runner up in the following categories: Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge Regional Runner Up for their One Seed Project, highlighting waste reduction statistics and the construction of three new drip irrigation systems at local schools across rural Zambia. Students Brittany Johnston, Brendan Wiley, and Patricia Hayward showcased how Enactus Lambton trained 30,000 new farmers on no-till farming, while keeping 52,000 tonnes of carbon in the ground, 157,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the air, and diverting 1,800,000,000lb of waste. The installation the drip irrigation systems has allowed the schools to grow canola, cabbage, tomatoes, peanuts, watermelon, and banana trees for the first time, and by using solar panels to power the systems, students now have access to a renewable source of energy so they can use computers (instead of learning about computers on a chalkboard) empowering them to obtain further education. Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge Regional Runner Up for their Strength in Numbers project, a financial education program showcased by the team of Erica Maness, Maria Vani and Samantha Saucier. In the past year, Enactus Lambton hosted 17 traditional peer to peer workshops, engaging with more than 120 participants through the program, while also moving Strength In Numbers online with the help and support of Lambton College's E-Learning Design House. Survey results indicated 20 participants gained full-time employment after the program and 74 enrolled in post-secondary studies. Students also collected letters of support from 20 community partners who have committed to implementing Strength In Numbers Online as a workplace or client service training program including both local school boards. The Enactus Lambton team would also like to acknowledge student Ian Carey, who oversaw all IT requirements for each competition. His contribution played a large role in the team’s success. Their regional success has earned the Enactus Lambton team the chance to compete at the Enactus Canada National Exposition taking place May 14 – 16 in Toronto. For more information on Enactus Canada, go to enactus.ca.


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