Cornwall & The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation

Be The Boss


Be the Boss Day Program is designed as a career exploration day to help student envision what it is like to own a business. Students will be paired with local entrepreneurs and will spend the day in the life of a business owner. This project will allow students to learn what it is like to run a business therefore allowing students to consider entrepreneurship as a future career option.


April 14th, 2015

On last April 14th, the CFDC Youth Program partnered with TR Leger TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative & Continuing Education. TR Leger provided 23 students for the event and over 20 Cornwall businesses supported the initiative.

Most of the participated businesses said they would partake in the event again. Some owners said they would entertain hiring the students over the summer months. Fourteen participating students said they would like to start their own business.

“The partnership between CFDC and TR Leger is a good example of how like-minded organizations can work together for the benefit of our students and our region. Our students were very enthused about their work experience with the Be the Boss program on April 14, 2015. They returned to school for lunch, prepared by the Grind, chatting amongst themselves about what a fantastic morning it was. Some were very excited about the possibilities of part time work or summer jobs with some of the businesses they worked with. What a success!.”

Kathleen, Program Counsellor TR Leger

“Be the Boss Day program has given students the confidence they need to pursue employment in their areas of interest.”

Tammy Cooper, Instructional Assistant TR Leger

“Taken with the core lending and investment business of the CFDC our hope is that these young participants will gain appreciation for what it is to be an entrepreneur and will consider seriously the option of becoming successful business leaders.”

Rock Lefebvre CEO Cornwall & the Counties CFDC

“I didn’t know what to expect but the student jumped with both feet and was so eager to learn what it takes to produce bottled water.”

Christine Plouffe, Cristill Rock Pure Water Inc.

“It was our pleasure the have Faith come in. I’m glad we were able to give her the opportunity to work with the public and to see some of what goes on behind the curtain on the retail level.”

Randy Sauver, Fantasy Realm

Participating Cornwall Businesses

Above & Beyond
Cornwall Tire
Doggie Style Day Spa
The Grind Café
Oasis Hair & Day Spa
Roy’s Florist
Theoret Auto Body
ABSEE Productions
Cornwall Volkswagen
Dwain Hawn Auto Repair
Harv’s Diner
Pure Esthetics
Studio 101
Westburn Electric
Back in Motion
Cristill Rock
Fantasy Realm
Kalrim Cycles
Rona Hardware
Summit Health & Fitness

May 26th, 2015

The Cornwall & the Counties CFDC partnered with TR Leger, Kozroots Herb & Garlic Farm, the Social Development Council of Cornwall (SDC) and Area and sponsored by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry for the second Be The Boss event of 2015. The event was held on Tuesday, May 26 at Kozroots Garlic & Herb Farm in Monkland, Ontario.

16 Students from the Cornwall and Alexandria Campus of TR. Leger were bused to Kozroots Herb & Garlic Farm, located in Monkland Ontario, to participate in the Be The Boss Day Program.

Be the Boss Day Program is designed as a career exploration day to help students envision what it is like to own a business. Students are usually paired with local entrepreneurs and spend the day in the life of a business owner. The project allows students to learn what it is like to run a business therefore allowing students to consider entrepreneurship as a future career option. This event is in partnership with Kozroots Herb & Garlic farm will give students the opportunity to work in a farming environment and learn the basics of the agricultural lifestyle and organic growing.

“The students will get experience that they would otherwise not get exposure to which is a huge opportunity for them.”

Lynn Lee, Youth Coordinator for the CFDC

“Our students are excited to participate in this program as it is a work opportunity they would otherwise never know. We are also very grateful to the business owners who have graciously offered to host our students for a morning.”

Kathleen Gignac, Program Counselor for TR Leger

“We are pleased to support a new opportunity to celebrate ag-related activity in the form of an event… especially a community-focused one such as this”.

Terry Besner, Economic Development and Communications Officer for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

“It will be interesting to learn about organic gardening. It is important for the food we eat to be chemical free and it will be fun to see how an organic garden is prepared.”

Kim Shane, student at TR Leger

“This program is a perfect example of the amazing type of programing we can create in our community when organizations reach out to one-another and foster partnerships.”

Alex de Wit, Executive Director of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area

June 2nd, 2015

The Cornwall & the Counties CFDC partnered with St Matthew Catholic Secondary School , Kozroots Herb & Garlic Farm, the Social Development Council of Cornwall (SDC) and Area and sponsored by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry for the third Be The Boss event of 2015. The event was held on Tuesday, June 2nd at Kozroots Garlic & Herb Farm in Monkland, Ontario.

Students from St-Matthew’s were bused to Kozroots Herb & Garlic Farm, located in Monkland Ontario, to participate in the Be The Boss Day Program.

Be the Boss Day Program is designed as a career exploration day to help students envision what it is like to own a business. Students are usually paired with local entrepreneurs and spend the day in the life of a business owner. The project allows students to learn what it is like to run a business therefore allowing students to consider entrepreneurship as a future career option. This event is in partnership with Kozroots Herb & Garlic farm gave students the opportunity to work in a farming environment and learn the basics of the agricultural lifestyle and organic growing.

October 2015

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*Our programs are happening on an ongoing basis, if you or your business would like to get involved, please fill out the online application form under the “Get Involved Tab”.

For any questions, please contact Lynn Lee at 613-932-4333 x104 or llee@mycommunityfutures.ca

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