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Enactus students working to empower women in Penticton
Okanagan College Media Release

MOMentumStudents from Enactus Okanagan College are empowering women in Penticton to gain important life skills in the areas of financial literacy and entrepreneurship with the support of a grant received from the Walmart foundation.

The Walmart Women Economic Empowerment grant was awarded to Enactus Okanagan College after the student-run not-for-profit organization developed a proposal to initiate a new program in Penticton called MOMentum.

The 12-week program was operated through the Birthright organization and aimed to teach mothers the basics of financial literacy as well as important business skills to prepare them and their families for financial success.

In addition to learning about the value of financial responsibility, participants had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of nutrition and healthy cooking from local businessman Saran Wolfe of Neon Wolfe Creations.

Three of the program’s participants, Fiona Rodney, Elizabeth Lysons and Jessie Ballingall were awarded $100 RESPs after demonstrating marked improvements in their own financial education.

“We are very grateful to the Walmart foundation and to TELUS for their support of the MOMentum project in Penticton,” said Trina Carroll, a second-year business student at Okanagan College and project manager of Enactus’ MOMentum program. “In just 12 weeks this project did so much to bring awareness to a group of people who will benefit immensely from the skills we were able to share.”