June 17, 2022 –Madison Adams and Sasha Kelleher are the two recipients of the 2022 JABC Basin Impact Award. This $1,250 award per student is sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust and recognizes students from the Columbia Basin region who have demonstrated how a JA program significantly improved their work readiness skills and positively impacted their future. 

Madison is a graduating student from Mount Baker Secondary, in Cranbrook, and learned a range of skills through JA programming over three years. She plans to put the award money towards her first-year tuition at the College of The Rockies. She said, “I would like to thank [you] for generously awarding me this scholarship, it will be a great help towards my education this fall. I hope to one day be able to give back to this program as a thank you for all it has done for me.” 

Graduating from Fernie Secondary this month, Sasha will also put the funding towards her post-secondary studies. She participated in JA programs in grades 10 and 12 and is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the environmental field. She said, “Thank you so much for this scholarship, I am very grateful to have been the recipient! JABC taught me valuable skills such as networking and goal setting which will help me pursue different research opportunities at UBC. I am extremely thankful for this knowledge.” 

Congratulations Madison and Sasha! 

In partnership with educators and volunteers, JABC brings important educational experiences that focus on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. In the 2020/21 school year, JABC delivered 159 programs reaching over 4,000 students in the Basin.