From Alexa's Speech at the 2018 Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame Gala on June 6th, 2018:
"I joined the Junior Achievement Company Program when I was in the 10th grade. I knew very little about business, but I thought it would be a fun thing to do with my friends. Plus, I loved being involved in my school and community.
Little did I know, that I would become hooked on JA and everything it had to offer. For all three years of high school I participated in the program, coming up with unique products and working in a team to grow our companies.
Growing up, I didn’t plan on pursuing a career in business. I was set on going into engineering up until my senior year of high school, mostly because I was good at math and science.
Being in the Company Program made me realize how much fun careers in the business world could be and how much my math and science skills could build on my business interests. After my high school graduation, it was business that I chose to pursue.
I learned so many practical skills as an achiever, like networking, marketing, and communication. And it’s because of JA that I gained the confidence I have now to come to events like this and speak in front of all of you. JA helped me take charge of my destiny.
JA helped me realize my passion for the business world, which led me to where I am today. I am currently studying International Business at Carleton University, with a focus on International Strategy and Human Resource Management. As a part of my studies, I’ll be going on the exchange of a lifetime to study in Santiago, Chile in 2019.
My future and its exciting adventures are just getting started and it’s thanks to everyone at Junior Achievement for guiding me on the right path to begin with. Thank you for supporting JA!"