Oakville sisters reach for the top

Oakville’s Mogus sisters and founders of Books with no Bounds are among the top 10 finalists in the fifth annual Start something with Alesse Contest, a competition for empowering and showcasing young Canadian entrepreneurs.

The contest is conducted in two categories, for-profit and not-for-profit categories . This year’s finalists were selected by Leigh Boyle and Maike van Neikerk, who won in the not-for-profit category last year.

Books with no bounds

Julia and Emma Mogus were selected as the finalists from more than 1,400 submissions across Canada. The pair founded Books with no Bounds, a charity which focuses on collecting and distributing books to remote communities in Northern Ontario and thereby educating first nations youth.

Their mission is to encourage literacy in communities where access to books and up-to-date reading materials remains relatively limited.

The charity has collected and distributed more than 100 packages of children’s books, school supplies crafts and toys to more than 100 aboriginal families in Nishnawbe Aski Nations so that aboriginal children of all ages get the opportunity to read many books that can act as building blocks for literacy success.

They sent the books through the emergency shipment program, which relies on donations received to ship books, school supplies as well as toys to children living in remote communities.

The winners will win a mentorship and $5,000 to help them start their project, while runners-up will each receive $500.

Voting is open

All Canadians can vote once per day for their favourite project in each category. The voting is open right now . Those who wish to vote for their project can go to www.facebookstartsomething.ca.

The eliminations will take place on Mar. 3 and 17 respectively.

The winners for both categories will be finalized on the basis of the number of votes each project receives when the voting period closes on Mar. 24 2014.

More on the contest

The Start Something with Alesse Contest is sponsored by Pfizer Canada Inc and is managed by a national public relations agency. The contest sponsors two projects initiated by young Canadians, who intend to start something unique at the same time deemed with great initiatives.


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