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Local Hero Arlene Kautzman - Joseph Richard Group
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Local Hero Arlene Kautzman

At all of our establishments, it’s the people in our communities who make us who we are and it’s those people who deserve to be recognized. With that in mind, The Joseph Richard Group is extremely excited to introduce you to Local Hero, Ms. Arlene Kautzman!

Arlene was nominated by Denise Jimmo for her volunteer services as a program facilitator for Junior Achievement BC (JABC). JABC is a global NPO with a mission to support youth to succeed in life. Their financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs and all applicable materials are provided free in the classroom and facilitated by volunteers. Arlene has been the “Fraser Valley Volunteer of the Year” for 2 years in a row because she has facilitated more classes, dedicated more hours and personal resources (gas, student prizes etc.) with more heart and energy than any other Fraser Valley volunteer. She has facilitated over 25 classes, impacting over 750 students from grades 6 – 10 within the Langley School District in 2017-2018 alone. Teachers and students love her inspiring real-life stories and engaging presentation style. She will always step up to facilitate a JABC program to special groups and youth at risk. In Denise’s words, “Arlene rocks this role, feedback from teachers and students is stellar and she is always requested back. Arlene is the best!”

After 27 years in the financial industry Arlene saw the need to teach youth the importance of finances in their personal lives and in running a business.  She is currently a self-employed Health and Wellness advocate and a work-from-home mom of two teenagers.  Her business helps people get healthy from the inside out, focusing on their gut health. Arlene has been volunteering with JABC for 5 years and since September 2018, she has facilitated 25 programs in a variety of schools which equals 81 different sessions.

At The Joseph Richard Group, we will continue to reward our Local Heroes like Arlene Kautzman. As a part of the program, we ask you to nominate people in your community who deserve unique recognition for their efforts. Nominations are accepted through the JRG Local Heroes link https://www.jrghospitality.ca/localheroes/ and a selection committee will choose one winner every month and award them with a JRG care package including two bottles of Blank Canvas Wine by Chapter Estates Wine Co., a six-pack of Two Pals Lager and an S+L Kitchen & Bar VIP Dining Experience for 4 people. Not to mention, the winners will be recognized here on our blog and social media feeds.

Nominations for the JRG Local Heroes program are always open. From teachers and firefighters to police officers and amateur sports coaches, our communities depend upon these people and we want to show our appreciation for their time and commitment in helping others.

Nominate your Local Hero at https://www.jrghospitality.ca/localheroes/