As two first nation women, we were invited to attend the Junior Economic Club of Canada’s Bay Street Boot Camp. Unaware of what the week was going to entitle, we travelled from Rama First Nation to the big city of Toronto. The early mornings, business attire and morning Starbucks trips made us feel as if we were in the real world. It was once in a lifetime opportunity.
The entire week was preparation for our final pitch day. Our pitch idea was to create a generator that converted water pressure into electricity that could potentially be used for small electronics. The night before the pitch day, our hotel room was scattered with paper scraps, glue sticks and markers. Come pitch day, the pressure was on. We could feel the tension in every room.
The Junior Economic Club BSBC is an experience that will benefit you for the rest of your life. The friends we have made, the skills we have gained, and the networks we have built with the help of all Jr ECC members will carry on with us in our future endeavors. We hope that this year’s BSBC campers have taken every opportunity to grow through BSBC, whether it was stepping out of your comfort zone, finding a new value, or developing a skill. They say “the world is your oyster” and that couldn’t be more true. Good luck to all delegates, continue to make the most of the opportunities that come your way!
–Kirstin Shilling and Teresa Harrigan, BSBC Co-Winners 2013