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St. Lawrence College Students Head to Vancouver to Compete in National Competition


This is an exciting time to be an innovator at St. Lawrence College! Enactus SLC, part of the College’s Community-Based Learning Initiative, is heading to the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver, May 9 – 11, 2017.

More than 60 teams from colleges and universities from across Canada will be competing to demonstrate how their community outreach programs have identified needs in their communities and provided solutions for social, economic, and environmental issues. The winning Enactus team will represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup in London, England this coming September.

“Enactus Canada is shaping generations of entrepreneurial and community conscious leaders passionate about advancing the economic, social, and environmental health of Canada,” said Dan Hendry, Community Engagement Advisor for Enactus SLC.  “The National Exposition is a time for competition and celebration for thousands of students across Canada making positive change in their communities. The St. Lawrence College students attending this year have done so much good for Kingston and the surrounding area.”

Over the course of the past year, a group of dedicated SLC students have committed over 3,000 volunteer hours working on community initiatives in addition to their formal education. Their accomplishments include financial literacy programs for inmates in Collins Bay and Bath Institutions, a food literacy program called Slow Cookers for Kids, and Syrian Newcomer Transit Orientation.

“The National Exposition is a time for our team to look over all of our projects and pick the best narrative for our presentation. This year we are focusing on our two newest initiatives: Cusp, our initiative to further innovation for students, and On Board, our Syrian newcomer related projects,” said Laura van Vlaardingen, out-going Operations Manager for the Enactus SLC team and fourth year BBA student. “This competition is a great way for students to collaborate with like-minded students from across the country. While it is a competition at its core, it is more so a way to connect teams and inspire students to achieve even more.”

About the SLC Community-Based Learning Initiative:

St. Lawrence College’s Community-Based Learning Initiative engages students in translating their classroom learning into community-based projects. Enactus SLC is a student-run group within the Initiative which works to identify needs in the community and provides solutions for social, economic and environmental issues.