Joanne BBeing in third year university, I was a student that never held any leadership role in student clubs. One day, I came across Enactus and found out they were recruiting for VP Positions at the University of Alberta.

Stepping out of my shell, I decided to apply, went through the interview process and nervously awaited the results.

After I got the position, I attended the Enactus Canada National Exposition where I finally was able to understand the Enactus mission and its pillars: being economically stable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly.

JoanneEnactus competitions were so different from regular case competitions, as passion fueled each project. Students were behind the innovation of each project instead of companies – and it was that moment that I realized Enactus truly does make a difference in our community.

It’s one thing to represent a student club, but it’s another to be a representative of a non-profit that is internationally known to create jobs for those who are less fortunate.

Putting myself out there was the best decision I ever made. Everyone has a skill to contribute to a diverse non-profit, and I am so glad I applied to a welcoming group who makes an impact around the world.


Thanks to Joanne Bartolome, Enactus University of Alberta, for sharing her story. Tell us about your ‘Enactus Beginnings’, by contacting the Enactus Canada Communications Department