TORONTOApril 12, 2019 /CNW/ – JA Canada is pleased to announce Joanna Williams and Phil Lehn as the recipients of the 2019 Royden Richardson National JA Volunteer Awards. These awards honour volunteers who advance the goals of JA both locally and nationally.

“Joanna and Phil are truly deserving of the Royden Richardson National JA Volunteer Awards – for their dedication to preparing our students through the mission of Junior Achievement,” said Scott Hillier, President and CEO, JA Canada. “These outstanding leaders have showcased their commitment to improving the lives of young Canadians and have helped Junior Achievement make a life-changing impact on students.”

The JA Canada National Volunteer Awards were inspired by Royden Richardson, a long-time volunteer with Junior Achievement. It recognizes volunteers whose participation in, and lasting contribution to, JA and its programs locally and/or nationally has immeasurably furthered the aims and objectives of JA in Canada.

Joanna Williams 
Joanna Williams has been volunteering with JA Central Ontario for 18 years, and during that time she has delivered all of the eleven programs offered by JA Central Ontario.  She has been a volunteer with Company Program for thirteen years, impacting hundreds of students and supporting dozens of other volunteers involved with the program.  In addition to her volunteer involvement with JA Central Ontario, Joanna volunteers with several other organizations in the community while working full-time at RBC.

Phil Lehn 
Phil Lehn has served on the JA British Columbia board since 2009, and served two terms as Board Chair (2014-16).  He has been instrumental in raising funds for the organization as a member of the fundraising committee and the Business Laureates Cabinet. Phil is the Vice-President Commercial Banking, BC & Yukon, for CIBC.

“As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, I would like to thank each and every one of our volunteers,” shared Hillier.  “Thank you for your inspiration, your knowledge and your commitment to supporting our next generation of leaders.”

About JA Canada
JA Canada is the country’s largest youth business education organization and is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Offering programs in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness, JA Canada strives to help students make informed and knowledgeable financial decisions, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit.