Young entrepreneurs benefit Soldier On

By Miriam King, Bradford Times

In May, the Grade 7 classes at Chris Hadfield Public School held an “E-Fair” - an entrepreneurial fair, that challenged kids to come up with a product, a business plan and marketing plan,  and sell their innovative products to their peers.  It was all part of The Learning Partnership's Entrepreneurial Adventure, a coast-to-coast program that lets kids learn business basics, and skills tied to the curriculum, in math, arts and engineering, and raise money for charity.

Under the guidance of teacher Gordon Sauvé, the E-fair was a tremendous success. The Grade 7s raised over $1,000 in profits, he said, “and voted on an organization to donate it to. The Bradford Legion... got the most votes.”

On November 6, Legion president Mike Giovanetti and Poppy Fund Chair Ruth Brooks were at the school to receive the donation from the Grade 7s – now in Grade 8.

“I think it's awesome that you raised so much money,” said Brooks, noting that the Legion “is all about assisting veterans.” For that reason, she said, the Legion would be making a $1000 donation, in the students' names, to Soldier On - Sans Limites, an organization dedicated to assisting those who have been injured or become ill while serving in the Armed Forces or Reserves.

Soldier On “uses sports, physical education and recreational activities to promote recovery,” said representative Sgt. Jamie MacIntyre, who attended the special assembly. “We help those who are still serving, those who are retired – as long as they acquired their injury or condition in the service.”

MacIntyre, who served 20 years in the infantry, lost his left leg when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Soldier On was a tremendous help, as he started his recovery – getting him “motivated to get out of the house, and stay active,” he said.

A former skier, Soldier On provided an “adaptive ski instructor,” that helped him overcome an obstacle “I thought was literally insurmountable,” and get back to skiing, MacIntyre said. “Soldier On provided the people and the environment for me to do that.”

It's not only physical injuries that benefit from the programs. Non-visible injuries, like PTSD, anxiety and depression are also eligible for support from Soldier On. “This money is really going to go to an awesome cause,” he told the students, answering their questions, about his service, his condition, and the charity.

Also attending the presentation were this year's Grade 7 classes, who will be invited to go on an Entrepreneurial Adventure of their own this Spring.