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Leder Student Avigail is Learning Accounting Skills at her Summer Internship

Leder Students Bring Solutions to the City During Construction in Internal Case Competition

Our internal case competition this year focused on the loss to businesses due to city construction. We partnered with the City of Edmonton to create a case where our students could come up with solutions for the City of Edmonton and small businesses around the city to manage the loss they face when there is construction.

As a frequent small business visitor, I often see a blocked road or lots of construction and it immediately turns me in the opposite direction. Often times I don’t even bother trying to get to the final location if there is lots of construction. So, the city and small businesses wondered, how we can come up with a solution to aid small businesses who are struggling due to the lengthy construction time periods.

Seven teams were formed, and they got to work interviewing businesses, looking at other cities who have programs in place to reduce the impact on small businesses, and creating a solution. All the teams had awesome ideas, but one team truly had a good understanding of a way to mitigate the impact. Faith Carnegie, Diquita Cardinal, Jenae Charlebois, and Deserinque Ricketts, decided on creating a Construction Mitigation Program. This would involve having communication and public meetings so that construction workers, business owners, and customers could have a voice in what would help to minimize construction disruption. The program would also include free advertising around the city for particular businesses in construction zones. A few more perks to the program would be partnering with underground parkades to provide additional free parking, street art, and grants for businesses facing long term construction. Finally, the program would have program liaisons who would be in charge of communicating with the businesses to keep updated on the struggles they are facing and find ways in attempt to resolve the issues.

It is great to have the opportunity for our students to help solve, real-life and current issues. A big thank you to the City of Edmonton for partnering with us and a congrats to all the teams who came out and participated. We are looking forward to what next year’s case might bring!

Jul 07, 2017
Avigail with her internship supervisor at The People's Church
Avigail with her internship supervisor at The People's Church

Fourth-year Leder Business Student Avigail Dubal, a former adjunct English instructor at College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro, is spending her summer as an intern at the People’s Church in Edmonton. Located on 96 Ave and 156 Street, this church began in 1967, and recently celebrated its 50 anniversary. 

As an intern, Avigail works alongside the church bookkeeper processing weekly donations, preparing bank deposits, processing account reconciliations, and compiling month-end reports.

With aspirations to become an accountant, this experience is providing Avigail the opportunity to see the full monthly cycle of accounts payable and receivable, and to be actively involved in ensuring the accuracy of all transactions. Using PowerChurch software requires focused attention to detail for the church’s accounts and for taxation purposes. Additionally, Avigail processes donations made by cheque, cash, and on-line payment service. 

Avigail was surprised by how much there is to learn about QuickBooks and how quickly the day passes working with exceptionally nice people.

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