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Her Story

Megan Collyer

Thomas A Secondary School Student, VP Finance Green Beginnings

Megan's Story

I’m Megan Collyer, a grade ten student at Thomas A. Stewart.

I live in Peterborough and love to be involved with my community.

Recently I have been a part of Junior Achievement and have been working with them ever since. I was introduced to JA through my grade ten business class where we created our own business during the In-Class Company Program that JA offers.

My class mates and I worked on creating our own business that we called Green Beginnings.

Our business idea was to recycle tin cans, use soil from local farms, and plant saplings in them.

These saplings represented new beginnings like weddings, or the birth of a child etc.    I was the VP of

Finance, for Green Beginnings, where I handled all the financial aspects of running our business.  From issuing shares, to setting a budget, to paying off shareholders and liquidating our company, I was involved in the whole process.

Throughout my time working with JA I have learned so much about the ins and outs of running a business as well as the challenges being an entrepreneur can face. However, I also learned how good success feels after putting in so much hard work.

Junior Achievement inspired me to want to have a career in business and has encouraged me to pursue my goal of becoming a Chartered Accountant.

My dad, Brad Collyer, who works at Grant Thornton here in Peterborough, has also been a big influence to me and has always encouraged me to look into business as a career.

My family has always supported me in balance my part-time job, school, sports, and business events.

Outside of business and school I also play rep soccer for Peterborough City Soccer Club.

I also play for my school soccer team who has recently won COSSA for the first time in 50  years.

I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support of my family and community and I strive to continue to support my family and community in return to the best of my ability every day.