Brandon University’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has been named the 2011 Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge Regional Champion by national charitable organization Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and proud program supporter Scotiabank. SIFE is a team based program that encourages post secondary students to address relevant economic, social and environmental issues by empowering others to improve their quality of life and standard of living.
“Being named a Scotiabank and SIFE Go Green Regional Champions is an amazing accomplishment and really shows that what we do makes a large difference to our community”, comments Jonathan Fung, SIFE Team President. “By having this exposure we hope that our Green Futures program can expand to other communities helping them increase environmental awareness, quality of life and standard of living.” Student teams from across Western Canada showcased their environmental-focused projects to panels of industry professionals on March 14, 2011. The SIFE team from Brandon University stood out to the judges because of their dedication to providing their community with a way to learn, give back and be involved.
Green Futures is a community garden initiative that is creating economic opportunity, increasing environmental awareness, and improving Manitoba communities. The SIFE team established a land lease agreement with the City of Brandon and created 45 raised garden beds at the East End Community Centre. This project provides families and members of the community with an opportunity to grow their own vegetables as well as a hands-on learning environment for students of King George Elementary School. The team’s largest accomplishments through Green Futures include; growing 900+ lbs of food, positively impacting 200 community members and an expansion plan for an additional 85 beds in 2011.
“Scotiabank is proud to support this great educational program which provides youth with valuable resources to guide them through their entrepreneurial endeavours,” said Pete Molenaar, Scotiabank Area Vice President, Alberta Commercial. “The Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge is unique in that it teaches and ignites young minds to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. We congratulate all of the competing school teams on their creative and engaging projects.”
“With environmental awareness being such an important topic, we are thankful to Scotiabank for leading this initiative across Canada”, explains Amy Harder, ACE President. “The results from our SIFE teams that we have competed to date are outstanding. They are positively affecting their local communities today and building a better Canada for tomorrow.”
The end goal of this annual challenge is for SIFE teams to provide others with the knowledge required to make positive environmental decisions, both in their personal and professional lives. Teams have been provided the necessary tools and training from ACE and Scotiabank to develop and implement their extensive projects. The Brandon University team will now move on to the national level of competition taking place on May 10th at the 2011 ACE National Exposition in Toronto, ON.
ACE is a national, charitable organization that is teaching and igniting young Canadians to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. ACE delivers a team-based program called Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and an individual-based program, Student Entrepreneur. ACE students created 540 jobs, logged 273,000 volunteer hours and directly impacted 114,000 people in the past year alone. In the past three years, students have generated over $80,000,000 in economic opportunity. ACE is currently established on over 55 post-secondary campuses across Canada.
Communications Consultant, ACE
Corporate Media Communications, Scotiabank
Media Relations, SIFE Brandon team