Success often comes down to support.
Bachelor of Management students Evan Yarrow, Aj Lefebre, and Victoria Kray earned second place in the not-for-profit category of JDC West, an annual business competition that was held in Calgary this month.
They felt confident heading into the presentation and consequent question and answer period because of how much they had learned during weekly meetings with instructor David Jenkins, who coached their team alongside industry professional John Bailey and other consultants, leading up to the competition.
“Everything that we learned throughout the year showed through during our presentation,” says Yarrow. “I felt so strongly about our abilities and knowledge, and the support that we received from our team made me even more confident.”
“We applied all of the feedback that we received, and it was those tiny additions that really set us apart,” explains Lefebre. “We learned to change our style of language to incorporate business terminology, and to take a realistic approach to our implementation, rather than sugar-coating the reality of the situation.”
Management knowledge from courses on organizational behavior and industry analysis proved especially useful. Yarrow also emphasized the importance of participating in the third-year Live Case Challenge, as it helped him focus on community and social impacts – which are both central to the operation of many not-for-profit organizations.
“The Faculty sets up lots of opportunities that really boost your university experience,” says Yarrow. “It’s a great environment being surrounded by successful, passionate people.”
Yarrow, Lefebre and Kray said JDC West is one example of the rich opportunities within the management program, which values people and the empowerment of groups and organizations.
“I applied to UBC Okanagan to become a part of the close-knit community,” Kray says. “And after seeing how other students benefited in their skills and confidence from participating in JDC, I knew that I wanted to get involved.”
Attending the business competition reinforced this sense of community, and highlighted this year’s JDC West theme of embracing diversity.
“We’re there to compete, but ultimately numbers don’t matter,” says Lefebre. “If we feel like we gave it our all, that’s what we’re proud of.”
The confidence in each other and what they had accomplished was reaffirmed when they were announced second-place – a joyful moment for themselves individually, and as an entire team.
“We’re so grateful for the support that we received from everyone,” Kray says. “We wouldn’t have been successful without it.”