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Greater Victoria, BC News


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11/9/2011 Media Release
Prodigy Group Donates $6000 to Local Charities

For Immediate Release

Prodigy Group Donates $6000 to Local Charities

Nov. 9, 2011 VICTORIA – Through events and programs held this year, the Prodigy Group raised $3000 for each of two charities; Junior Achievement and Community Micro Lending. Members of the group will be presenting cheques to the charities at their special ‘Community Connections’ Mingle Thursday Nov.10th at Temple.

At this event Ray Parks, CEO of the Provincial Capital Commission, will be speaking on the benefits and importance of being on boards and contributing to the community. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our emerging professionals to get linked to the community organizations that need their help” said Ray Parks “this event is all about giving back so that everyone in the community benefits.”

Prodigy Group, a committee of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, is committed to being an active and engaged community member. 

“We think it is incredibly important to support these charities as they contribute so much to our community,” said Janell Karst, Prodigy Board Chair. “Both Junior Achievement and Community Micro Lending support the development of future business leaders, making them a natural fit for our organization.”

Photo Opportunities are available.  Event is open to all Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Members.  Non members may attend one event a year as a guest.

Prodigy Group “Community Connections” Mingle                                                                                                                               Date:  Thursday Nov.10, 2011 from 5:30 -7:30pm                                                                                                                 Location:  Temple 525 Fort Street

Guest Speaker:  Ray Parks

Speaker & Cheque Presentation starts at 6:30pm


For more information contact:

Ellen Henry                                                                                        Janell Karst

Manager of Member Communications                                                  Chair of Prodigy Group

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce                                               Tel: 250.514.3069Email:                                                                                                    Email:

Cell: 250-812-0510



About the Prodigy Group

The Prodigy Group is a committee of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. It is a professional networking group that provides emerging professionals with social networking events, professional mentorship relationships, and community involvement opportunities. The committee also donates proceeds from their events to the Junior Achievement’s Business Basics program and Community Micro Lending. For more information please visit

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities. JA programs help prepare students for the real world as they learn how to apply entrepreneurial thinking in the workplace, learn financial and money management concepts and understand the importance of an education as it relates to their long term career goals.

The Junior Achievement Business Basics program puts students in charge of making big decisions in different areas of a small business. Students put their talents to the test in the organization, management, production and marketing of their very own companies. Students get a taste of real world business challenges and discover the value of teamwork. On Vancouver Island, Junior Achievement reaches over 6,000 students annually, with the help of over 200 volunteers from the business community. During the 2010/11 school year, more than 250 programs were provided in the region. For more information regarding Junior Achievement please visit

About Community Micro Lending

Community Micro Lending makes small loans to aspiring small-scale local entrepreneurs who don’t qualify for credit from financial institutions. Through these loans and the mentoring and support opportunities that come with them, Community Micro Lending will help to build a vibrant local economy, reduce poverty, foster sustainable business, and empower people. For more information please visit



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