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Deaf Can Coffee wins JN Foundation award

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Saffrey Brown, general manager of JN Foundation (left); Gillian Hyde (second left), general manager of JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL), and Thelma Yong (right), deputy general manager, JNSBL, share a photo with the JN Foundation’s Pitch for Purpose Competition winners Fabian Jackson and Carlye Gabbidon of Deaf Can Coffee. A social enterprise, Deaf Can Coffee was among five social enterprises vying for a development award valued at $1million. With plans to use the funds to assist with the financing of the operation and social mission of Deaf Can Coffee, the enterprise, which specialises in coffee brews and employs and trains deaf barristers, was also awarded the People’s Pitch Award, which was determined by online votes leading up to the competition. Organised by the JN Foundation’s Social Enterprise Boost Initiative, in collaboration with Digicel Foundation, sponsors of the development and pitch awards, the inaugural Pitch for Purpose Competition also had the support of JNSBL, which awarded the second-place winner, Randy McLaren of Bresheh, with a business development support award to access coaching to strengthen his business plan and strategy and financing options.