From Here to There: Katrina MacLean, JA Alumni

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JA is helping students harness their potential and focus towards achieving their goals. They are helping our youth develop their confidence, communication skills and analytical thinking. Did you know that JA achievers are 3 times more likely to plan for their future?

There is no way that I could have known that my decision to attend my first Company Program meeting would com­pletely shape my future. My involvement with JA opened my eyes to the world of busi­ness, the value of financial lit­eracy and instilled in me the belief that I can succeed in whatever career I choose.


My story starts in rural Cape Breton, where I grew up on a family-owned and operated oyster farm. I spent my child­hood watching my parents run their business quite literally in our back yard. Our head office was in the living room! But outside my living room, there were very few formal oppor­tunities for youth to develop tangible skills that would help them transition into the workplace. When JA came to my small school of just 150 students from grades primary to twelve, I jumped in head first and gave it my all. Company Program gives students a safe place to push themselves and get outside of their comfort zone.  Currently I am doing a Master of Employment Relations degree at MUN.


JA provides valuable lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom. And because of JA, I earned a scholarship which has helped me afford a post-secondary education. For the first time in my life, I finally feel like I am at the right place at the right time as I am now preparing to launch my next venture and that is because of the start I got from JA!



To learn more about JA Nova Scotia, or if you are an alumni yourself and want to share your story, please contact, Emma Eagles at 902-233-9688 or

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