SVG’s Sean Sutherland, gifted academically and musically
He walks and talks with us, but by all standards Sean Sutherland is a little “different” from the average you and I.
Considered gifted, academically and musically, the St. Vincent-born academic and musician has charted a course of lifelong over-achievement that sets him apart from the ordinary, but is kept grounded by his passion to share his knowledge.
In Montreal for the past five years, the 30-something year-old Sutherland has his mind set on business. And his The Prep Area tutorial service, which he established about a year ago, is quickly carving a niche in the high-brow education arena that offers tutorial services for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and GMAT, which offer students a path towards entrance at preparatory schools, colleges and universities in the US and Canada.
Reverend Kingsley Morrison provides spiritual leadership from a new pulpit
The Ministry of Rafa’el is about receiving, living and sharing the abundant life that Jesus brought into the world. According to Reverend Kingsley Morrison, it’s the mission that he and a core group of disciples have undertaken with the establishment of their new church ministry or plant, as they call it, in the Cote Vertu/St. Laurent area.
The church, which is in its formative stage, is being guided by the former Toronto based pastor, his wife Jacqueline and their three sons Rommell, Justin and Nathan.
Young West Island pharmacist always wanted her own business, breaks ground owning Phamrprix franchise
It’s a delightful Saturday evening in Montreal, a time when many 20 and 30-something-year olds are readying themselves for a night on the town at the clubs or at a party.
Not Melissa Ross. On this night, partying is the last thing on her mind as she splits her time between answering questions from a scruffy journalist and dealing with a steady stream of clients at the laboratory in her newly acquired pharmacy in Montreal West.
As she goes about her business, it’s difficult to miss her engaging personality, her confidence and her professionalism.
No doubt, those are the traits that led this 31-year-old West Island pharmacist to becoming as one of the first English speaking Black women to own a Pharmaprix franchise in Quebec, and probably all of Canada where the chain operates as Shoppers Drug Mart.
Money Saving Tips For The Summer
As we approach the summer months, chances are that our consumption patterns will change. Whether it be buying a weekly milkshake or going on a vacation, it is always wise to prepare in advance on how to save now to spend money in the upcoming months.
To do so, here are five practical tips to follow immediately in order for you to enjoy your summer while not hurting your bank account.
1. Set Your Budget
In order to wisely save for your summer plans, you have to set a budget. Even though you may not have solid plans as of yet, start knowing what things cost and keep track of prices. If you plan to meet up with friends on a weekly basis at a coffee shop, note how much you spend. The amount should be recorded in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Once you know how much you might be spending, you can start saving for the expenditure.
“What we need is to cultivate the proper mindset and develop a culture of building wealth within the community…”
It was never easy for us. But the current social and political climate is making it increasingly difficult for minorities in Quebec to find traction, and the challenge of community building has become even more intense.
According to a leading money manager and financial guru, the way forward for us as a community hinges on our individual financial strength.
“The responsibility rests on the shoulders of each and every one of us to improve our social and financial standing,” says Christian Boakye –Agyeman, a recruiter and division director at Investors Group Financial Services. “We all have to understand that as we advance our goals, we advance the goals of our community.”
As one of his company’s leading financial security advisors and mutual funds representatives, he knows the benefits of proper planning and building for the future.
“What we need is to cultivate the proper mindset and develop a culture of building wealth within the community,” says Boakye–Agyeman. “To do that end, it takes planning and consciousness. We must be aware that in balancing income and expenditure, something should always be left over for the future.”
As important as is the concept of saving, planning and building wealth, Boakye–Agyeman says you can’t force people to do it.
“That’s why so many, especially among the young, make wrong choices as soon as they get a job… too much spending and too little saving.”
Boakye–Agyeman says that behavior can be seen in the type of cars driven by some in our community who look for the biggest and flashiest as a projection of status.