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Trees for the Less Fortunate

Overview This project eases the effects of poverty during the Christmas season by donating live Christmas trees.  Screening is done by the Food Bank who give out "Vouchers" to qualified families that are redeemed at the JCI Tree lot.  The project also sells trees to the general public to raise funds for the chapter.
 Value to Membership  JCI Members learn how to operate a small retail business from start to finish.  
 Past Chairs

2003 - Jeremy Voss

2004 - 

2005 - 

2006 - Aaron De Mille

2007 - Syd Bolton

2008 - Brenda De Mille

2009 - Aaron De Mille

2010 - James Hood

2011 - James Hood

2012 - Shawn Stemmler

2013 - Shawn Stemmler

2014 - N/A

2015 - N/A

2016 - N/A

 Budget  ~$15,000
Skills Learned Salesforce Management, Sales, Merchandising, Inventory Management, Cash Handling, Marketing

Trees for the Less Fortunate Upcoming Events

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Annual Santa Claus Parade

Overview This project celebrates the sprite of Christmas with the Brantford Community.  Over 30,000 people attend this event annually to enjoy community floats, high quality bands, and of course - Santa!
 Value to Membership  JCI Members learn how to operate a large city event. 
 Past Chairs

1975 - Unknown Member
1976 - Unknown Member
1977 - Unknown Member
1978 - Unknown Member
1979 - Unknown Member
1980 - Unknown Member
1981 - Unknown Member
1982 - Unknown Member
1983 - Unknown Member
1984 - Unknown Member
1985 - Unknown Member
1986 - Unknown Member
1987 - Unknown Member
1988 - Unknown Member
1989 - Bill O'Leary
1990 - Bill O'Leary
1991 - Dave Arsenault
1992 - Stan Gorecki
1993 - Stan Gorecki
1994 - Stan Gorecki
1995 - Angela DiFelice
1996 - Angela DiFelice
1997 - John Underwood
1998 - Tony Leone
1999 - Sean Bradford
2000 - Jim Elliott
2001 - Jim Elliott
2002 - Syd Bolton
2003 - Syd Bolton
2004 - Blaine Field
2005 - Jeff Jones
2006 - Michelle Miller
2007 - John Fleming
2008 - Jeremy Voss
2009 - Brenda De Mille
2010 - Syd Bolton
2012 - James Hood
2013 - Rushelle Irons
2014 - Amanda Baker
2015 - Shawn Stemmler

2016 - Jessica Collins 

 Budget  ~$30,000
Skills Learned Public Relations, Budgeting, Sourcing, Manpower Management, Logistics, Mapping, Accounting, Marketing, Advertising, Management

Parade Past Events

Parade Upcoming Events

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2016 Santa Claus Parade Chair

JCI Brantford congratulate Jessica Collins for stepping up to be the 2016 Santa Claus Parade Chair.  Jessica has worked on the Parade committee for several years and promises to deliver the best parade ever!  She is looking for active members of the community to help her as there are many jobs to do and many hands make for light work!  More information can be found at the official parade website:  www.brantfordsantaclausparade.ca

 

 

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JCI Brantford's mission is to "empower young people to create positive change" doesn't stop with local projects.   Once a need has been assessed in a local community, it is often partnerships with other community organizations that make lasting sustainable change in a community.  When we found a need in the Brantford community for more positive learning opportunities for youth, member Aaron De Mille was reminded of the impact that Junior Achievement (JA) had on his life and picked up the phone.  Little did he know that JA was already looking for opportunities to expand their programming to Brantford and South-Western Ontario.  A perfect match echoed by the enthusiasm of JA Waterloo President and CEO, Karen Gallant.

 

It wasn't long after that call that a committee was formed in JCI and Karen was invited to present the Company Program to JCI members at their April 6th General Members meeting.  Karen Gallant - President of JA Waterloo Karen is an amazing presenter with professional experience at the business incubator, Communitech based in waterloo.  Karen shared some of the amazing points of impact that the Company Program makes around the world, some especially interesting facts are highlighted below:

 

75% percent of Achievers stated that JA has had a significant impact in the development of their financial literacy and decision-making skills.  JA inspires students to stay in school and prepares them to succeed in tomorrow’s jobs. Through our programs, students learn how to translate their interests and skills into successful careers. They also develop practical job skills in such as interviewing, communications and critical thinking.

                                                                                                                   

65% of Achievers stated that JA has had a significant impact on their decisions to stay in school and enroll in post-secondary education.  Graduates from JA programs save more and borrow less than the average Canadian. In our financial literacy programs, students learn how to create and manage wealth. They develop real-world skills that they can apply to their lives immediately – such as budgeting, investing and aligning their financial choices with their goals.

 

JA graduates are 50% more likely to open a business.  JA graduates are more likely to launch businesses and create jobs. Through our entrepreneurship programs, students gain firsthand experience in running a business. They work with mentors from their local business communities to create strategies and manage companies. Many business leaders cite JA’s Company Program as the catalyst that gave them the ambition to launch a business and the skills to do so successfully.

 

So what is the Company Program? (From the JA Waterloo Website)

 

The after-school Company Program is designed to help young people appreciate and better understand the role of business in our society. With the support and guidance of local business professionals high school students get the opportunity to build their own business enterprise.

While operating their business, Achievers will have the opportunity to:

  • Incorporate and capitalize by selling shares
  • Organize a Board of Directors and elect a management team
  • Produce and market a product or a service
  • Establish production and sales goals for their company, and monitor progress toward goals at regular company meetings
  • Maintain and analyze financial records
  • Compile an annual report for shareholders, pay a dividend and liquidate the business

Through this after-school Company Program Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region seeks to:

  • Link students with mentor Advisors in the form of volunteers from our community who are knowledgeable about business operation and may be working local businesses or operating their own.
  • Oversee the integrity of the ventures through robust policies
  • Ensure the safety of products and services
  • Develop lasting relationships that bring students, mentors, and the business  community together for mutual benefit.

 

JCI is already forging partnerships with the Grand Erie District School Board and the City of Brantford to bring the JA Company Program back to Brantford.  For more information, contact member Aaron De Mille who is leading the JCI efforts relating to this innitiative.

 

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Hoops, Friends and Wheels.

The smell of burning rubber still fresh their senses, the JCI Brantford "Jammin' Jaycees" take home a victory for the team and a respectable 1/2 record.  Attending a Wheel Chair Basketball Tournament is no small affair. You must wear proper hand protection for starters.  And whatever you do, don't try to jump shot or you will feel the referees wrath.  The tournament is run by Participation House and organized by Doug Hunt and his team and has been going on for over two decades - at least some of us "old Jaycees" have been doing it for at least half that time.  

 

This years team was led by Mark Smith who rallied his team consisting of President Adam Marshall, Treasurer Aaron De Mille, Secretary Thomas Ferris, Amanda Baker, Jeremy Voss, Alumnus Rob Y. and Guest Lorne H. 

 

The event was very well attended and we saw many familiar faces and some new ones.  Our first opponent was the Fanshawe College team who drove an hour from London for this event.  Although they put up a valiant effort, they were no match for the Jammin Jaycees.   Our next match was against the Brantford Firefighters.  We started slow but eventually gave them a run for their money.  We ultimately lost at a "close" 10-26.  Sweaty, and tired with a feeling of accomplishment, the team returned to their Saturday happenings.

 

The JCI WCB Team is a wonderful opportunity for members to raise their awareness of the physical challenges that some face, as well as raise money towards the support services that PH provides. 

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