Enactus Lambton claims two major awards at Regional competition
SARNIA, March 17, 2022 – The continued success of Enactus Lambton’s Project One Circle just landed the World Cup winning student group their 18th and 19th regional awards.
Over the weekend, the Lambton College team competed in the Enactus Central Canadian Championships where they were crowned the 2022 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge Regional Champions – their ninth win in 10 years.
The team also took the 2022 Scotiabank Climate Action Challenge Regional Championship title for the sixth time since joining the Enactus circuit in 2012.
Presenting to the judges via livestream, Enactus Lambton showcased the growing success of their latest Project One Circle, which addresses food security concerns in First Nations communities by implementing greenhouses, aquaponics facilities, and food forests.
Specifically, the team presented the results of their work in Muskoday First Nation, Muskeg Lake First Nation, and Mistawasis Nehiyawak First Nation, which saw the construction of three greenhouses, three aquaponics facilities and a food forest. In only two short years, the project has diverted over 2.4 million litres of water and created new sources of revenue and sustainable food security for over 7,000 people.
The group will now have the opportunity to compete against the country’s top post-secondary institutions at the upcoming National Exposition, which will also take place virtually from May 10 through 12, with the final four teams competing in person in September.
“Enactus is about creating positive change in our communities through entrepreneurship, and I think Project One Circle is a true embodiment of that. The work we are doing in partnership with First Nations communities is so meaningful and the results have significantly impacted thousands of lives. We're so happy to see our project grow and to have that progress recognized by the judges," said Megan Rizzo, Enactus Coordinator for Lambton College.
Project One Circle is the latest in series of world-class projects launched by Enactus Lambton, who claimed the Enactus World Cup in 2018 for their innovative One Seed Project, which changed the lives of rural Zambian farmers.
One Circle utilizes the same proven principles from previous projects and helps First Nations communities address issues such as skills development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy needs to help grow and sustain local economies.
Through individual needs assessments with each community they work with, the team repeatedly learned that food security, economic development, employment and a return to agriculture with land-based learning was a top priority for many First Nations communities.
For more information about Enactus Lambton and their award-winning One Circle project, go to enactuslambton.org/one-circle.