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Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Amanda Barney – Strait of Belle Isle CYN

Meet Your Coordinator is our new series where we will be interviewing your local Youth Ventures Coordinator so you can get to know them. Next up is Amanda Barney who is with the Strait of Belle Isle CYN.


What’s your name? 

Amanda Barney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Labrador Straits (L’Anse au Loup)

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Hiking, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Quading, spending time with my three children J

What’s your favourite movie?

Any chick flick

What is your favourite band? 

Bon Jovi is timeless!

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets?

A six year old Brittany Spaniel named Barney

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

There is no better work arrangement than to be your own boss!  With the right level of commitment, the sky is the limit!

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Any business is cool when someone takes a hobby or an interest and transforms it into a prosperous venture!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am looking forward to helping students start up their own business and watch them make their dreams become reality.  I am anticipating a very successful summer!

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

There is a strong tourism industry in the Labrador Straits.  Businesses in the arts and crafts usually seem to do well in this industry.  Examples include: knitted goods, crafts made with local products (rock, driftwood, etc.), and paintings and pictures of NL scenery.  The whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador has an aging population so I see that service type businesses would be very successful as well.  These include: housekeeping, car wash, yard work, dog walker, etc.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

Youth Ventures is a great program that can provide the necessary support, resources, training and counseling to potential new business owners.  This program fosters entrepreneurship in our youth and helps to shape them into leaders of tomorrow.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Business opportunities are endless but starting your own business takes a huge level of time, resources and dedication.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Amanda Barney

Youth Ventures Regional Coordinator

Community Youth Network

PO Box 256

L’Anse Au Loup, NL A0K 3L0

Phone: 709.927.7912


Don’t forget – we’re having a contest!

To enter:

1. Take a selfie with a Youth Ventures co-ordinator or participant

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram

3. Tag YouthVenturesNL and use the #MakinLemonade

Basket will be drawn August 10, 2017. Winner will be notified via entry method. Limited to one entry per person.

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