Enactus Lambton places second at worlds
Sarnia college students helping Zambians lift themselves out of poverty, and teaching entrepreneurship and financial literacy closer to home, have placed second in a world entrepreneurship competition.
Tyler Kula More from Tyler Kula Published on: September 20, 2019 | Last Updated: September 20, 2019 6:13 PM EDT
Lambton College representatives and members of Enactus Lambton are pictured at the Enactus World Cup this week. The Sarnia team placed second. (Submitted)SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT Sarnia college students helping Zambians lift themselves out of poverty, and teaching entrepreneurship and financial literacy closer to home, have placed second in a world entrepreneurship competition. “In the heat of the battle, we were a little disappointed,” said Enactus Lambton’s Jon Milos, reflecting on the fall from Lambton College’s first-place win in 2018. “But 24 hours later, second in the world, second best in the world has a pretty nice ring to it. “So we’re proud of that.” Cairo University’s Enactus Egypt took top prize at this year’s Enactus World Cup this week in San Jose, Calif. Enactus Lambton, which projects it’s helped improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Zambia through no-till farming workshops and other initiatives, has plans to work with First Nations in Canada next to help them in their respective quests for improvement and self-sufficiency, Milos said. “We’ve already begun working in several First Nations in our community and even a community in British Columbia,” Milos said. The approach involves meeting with members of the community, doing a needs assessment, and finding opportunities that fit with that community’s goals, he said. “We’re learned so much in 7.5 years that we’re really confident we can do some great work here in our own country.” Work with the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, for example, includes conducting workshops on business development and entrepreneurship, he said. “We’re really helping their people become great, thriving entrepreneurs because that’s what they want,” he said. Enactus Lambton, he said, is also working with the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia at developing agricultural projects, and adding value to what they grow – much like Enactus Lambton did with the Hippy Peanut Butter project in Zambia, adding value to peanut farming by refining those peanuts into a finished product. Creating a winery on the First Nation is another option being looked at, Milos said. “It’s really about spotting opportunities in the communities that match what the communities want to do,” he said. “We are very excited and interested in going into some of the fly-in communities in northern Canada, and we know that food security is an issue there.” The group doesn’t tell a community what it needs to do, but listens to what it wants, he said. “We’ve been quietly laying the groundwork for this for three or four years, and we’ve been quietly speaking to a number of Indigenous communities, learning what the needs are.” Plans are also to continue Enactus’s work in Zambia, he said. “We’re still going to be working there, still going to be assisting them with agricultural support and really focusing on business development,” he said, “but we’re also turning our attention to First Nations from coast to coast, and bringing them everything that they’re asking for.” firstname.lastname@example.org