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JDI Sawmills Division Sponsors School Entrepreneurship Program


J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI)  is proud to partner with Samuel-de-Champlain School to sponsor their PEVOM 8 project (Projet Entrepreneurial Voyage Ottawa Montréal). The entrepreneurial project is a collaboration between students, teachers, and parents.

The program aims to develop leadership skills as well as help the students become more independent and responsible. The students are tasked with creating and running their own mini enterprises in order to fund an educational trip to Ottawa and Montreal at the end of the school year. 

The executive council for the program is made up entirely of students.

"We are pleased to partner with Samuel-de-Champlain school to promote entrepreneurship.  This initiative called “PEVOM 8” structures a team of young women and men in a business environment.  They need to form a board of directors and come up with initiatives that will accomplish their goal.  Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Accounting and the leadership behind all of it is what they learned.  We were very happy to be part of their success.  Bravo!!!" said Andre Beaulieu, JDI.

 PEVOM Donation 2018
Left to right: Rochelle Estabrooks (President), William Dauphinee (VP of Marketing), Sampson Loiselle (8th Grade rep), Morgan Haslett (VP of finance), Andre Beaulieu (Director of Sales, JDI Sawmills Division) 

“PEVOM gives us experience for endeavors we will encounter later in our lives” said Kayla Fuller, student. 

The group has organized many events and activities for the community including a bingo event, and a Chase the Ace. The students are also running their own mini enterprises by selling goods, some of which, they have made themselves. The list of businesses that the students ran included homemade socks, and baked goods. They also sold hats and shirts.

The students also provided services like Christmas tree removal and organized an indoor soccer league for younger students.

"PEVOM helped me have a fun year in the 8th grade,"said Justin Rémillard, student.

The program will wrap up with a banquet at the end of the year.