Junior Achievement makes big impression on Moncton woman

Article appeared in the July 5th edition of the Times & Transcript

BY: Linda Hersey, Times & Transcript

Junior Achievement of Canada had a tremendous impact on Keeli Moses.

Born and raised in Amherst, N.S., and now making her home in the Hub City, Keeli had originally planned to become an orthodontist and indeed was taking the necessary courses in high school to prepare herself for that course of university study.  However, after participating in the Junior Achievement program at school - the largest youth business education organization in Canada, she changed her mind and began to take business courses instead.  She continued on, earning her bachelor of commerce, accounting, at Mount Allison University.

Next came the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy, and she recently completed the necessary training to become a CPA.  Employed with Grant Thornton LLP since 2013 she is at the present time working toward an HST specialist.  Keeli feels that she benefited a great deal from the Junior Achievement of Canada program when she was a youngster.  So in turn, since September of 2012, she has volunteers as an adviser with that organization, working with local high school students interested in starting and running their own business.

"They make their own decisions," says Keeli, "and we just kind of guide them in the right direction.  Maybe they might want to go out and do sales, so we'll drive them, and if they have questions (we can answer them).  They have to make a business plan and those different things; we just help them."

Being involved with JA is something that Keeli enjoys a great deal - watching the students grow not only in knowledge, but also in social skills and confidence.

"It's seeing what they're getting out of it that makes me feel great," she explains.  "They're learning more than just business skills."

Like anything that she becomes involved in, Keeli gives it 100 per cent, and so in recognition of that effort she was chosen JA Volunteer of the Year for 2014-2015.  

She's also a member of the Greater Moncton Women's Progress Club, a chapter of the Canadian Progress Club.  The Greater Moncton Women's Progress Club engages in any number of efforts to "aid those in need" in the community, included a recent Girls Night Out held at the Cocoa Room in Riverview, with all proceeds going to to their designated charity, Crossroads for Women.  Keeli volunteered on the committee to help ensure the success of that event, as well as others undertaken locally by the club.  

As Grant Thornton LLP participates in the Breakfast Club of Canada, Keeli helped organize the Monday morning breakfast preparation for students at Magnetic Hill School, and organizes the company's preparation of dinners at Ronald McDonald House.

Happy with a busy schedule, she's not getting back into golf and running, and is also an avid reader.

Growing up, Keeli was influenced by her parents who were active volunteers, and so inspired by their example she takes every opportunity to give back to her community.

"I like making people happy!" she says.  "It makes me feel good to see others happy."

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