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#ourstories Courtney

My name is Courtney Clarke and I am a Project Manager for Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur through Enactus Memorial in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A few years ago, I was looking for a way to use my business skills to give back to the community… What I found was so much more than that.

Canadian Armed Forces members put so much on the line to ensure we receive the rights and freedoms we deserve, so to be able to utilize those rights and freedoms to give back to them is a real honour. Not only did I receive an opportunity to put my business skills to good use, but I also established life- long friendships. The boot camp may only last for a week at a time but the connections built between participants and volunteers last a lifetime.

The thing I admire most about these aspiring entrepreneurs is their enthusiasm and passion for entrepreneurship! They enter the program excited about what their future may hold, but they leave the program even more excited about what their future WILL hold. Nothing makes me happier than to hear an update or success story from one of our past participants! I am so proud of each and every one.

I became involved with POE because I wanted to change lives, but I had no idea just how much it would change mine. In the midst of helping create confident business leaders, I’ve become a more confident business leader. I feel like I’ve become a better person in general. I look at life differently; I appreciate everything twice as much.

While the 2016 boot camp will be my last boot camp as Project Manager, I will always find a way to remain involved in some shape or form because I believe in the results this program offers, and I believe in the aspiring entrepreneurs who participate. From combat boots to business suits, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur truly makes a difference.