Two CGS team members attracted national recognition for their efforts in promoting social enterprise this past week, receiving awards on both the Pacific and Atlantic coast of the country. Rebecca Dunphy, a Research Officer at Common Good Solutions (CGS) was awarded Student Leader of the Year at the 2017 Enactus Canada Exposition in Vancouver, BC while CGS Social Enterprise Developer Chloe Donatelli won the Governor General’s Award for achieving the highest marks in her MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University
"We are so proud of the talented young people in our organization. Together they are trying to change the world of business and make a difference in people's lives,” says CGS co-founder David Upton. “The value these people bring to our communities is the reason business owners need to make a concerted effort to invest in the youth in our province.”
Dunphy will graduate from NSCC Waterfront Campus this spring and is launching her own social enterprise, RampAge - a company aimed at improving accessibility within Nova Scotia, reducing build up of waste tire and rubber in landfills and creating employment opportunities for individuals in first nations communities. As Student Leader of the Year she was chosen from over 2,500 post-secondary students across Canada for most outstanding contribution to their Enactus team.
“I come from a generation of change-makers and so often see these people leaving Nova Scotia to make their impact, but Nova Scotia is ready for a change,” says Dunphy. “In the past year I have witnessed how open our province is to new ideas, having received endless support and encouragement in taking my small idea to a viable business. By bringing and keeping the talents, passions, and ideas of youth in Nova Scotia we will become a more sustainable province. This means existing businesses must support the culture and creativity of the next generation, and Common Good Solutions is a leading example of businesses that are doing this.”
Donatelli, a recent MBA graduate, educates and supports entrepreneurs everyday through CGS, using business as a tool to help make her beloved Cape Breton an even better place to live. Her Governor General’s award recognized her top honours within a field of 70 students world-wide.