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From the monastery to NSCC Kingstec: grad determined to ‘do something positive for society’


KENTVILLE - Jade Meunier didn’t take the direct route from high school to community college.

Instead, Meunier chose a more scenic path that included a four-year stay at a Buddhist monastery in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton from 2011 to 2015.

“I was a nun for those years,” the new NSCC Kingstec grad said in a recent interview.

“It’s really laid a whole foundation for life in terms of… trying to be a decent person.”

For Meunier, the business administration program was the next logical step outside of the monastery.

“The business diploma seemed like a really good choice if I wanted to start a business,” she said.

“I think we all want to do something positive for society and I think that putting a lot of emphasis on… spending money locally and providing products that are made locally… has so many social benefits, environmental benefits, economic benefits.”

The Inverness resident believes her previous experience in retail, coupled with the interpersonal and introspective skills she developed in the community living environment, provided her with a solid foundation that she happily built upon while completing Kingstec’s two-year business administration program at an accelerated pace. As a mature student, she opted to complete the first year of the degree in six months.

“It’s such a nice vibe at Kingstec and really nice community feel,” said Meunier.

She did her work placement at a general store in Margaree Harbour, and has been asked to stay on throughout the summer.

“I’d love to own a little store someday,” she said.

“There’s a lot of room for creativity there.”

Crossing the stage at the NSCC Kingstec morning convocation ceremony June 9 marked one more milestone step in her journey.

“It feels great,” she said, thinking back to the day she decided to apply to Kingstec .

“I really just jumped in and did it and it was a bit impulsive… but I don’t regret it one bit.”

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