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Teen changes way MEF does business

A 17-year-old is helping one of the Island’s biggest restaurant groups to find out what its customers think.

As part of her senior marketing assignment Jaishelbi Johnston conducted a survey of MEF customers for two hours over two lunch times at L’Oriental.

She was given the opportunity by MEF’s Dale Butler who said: “Whether its in the short or long term, the managers will implement her findings. She had excellent questions, a good opening and was very consistent in her surveys.”

Asked what her plans are after graduation, she told

The Royal Gazette: “I am doing Rotary exchange in Chile for a year, where I will attend high school in order to learn about their culture from my peers.”

She added: “I will also live with three to four host families throughout the year to learn about their family life and to have someone responsible for me.”

Jaishelbi, of Sandys, volunteers as a Candy Striper with the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB). She donates her services throughout the hospital in areas such as: The Pink Cafe and The Barn. Jaishelbi also enjoys “music, web programming, and studying various languages”.

Asked why she wants to accomplish her goals, she said: “When I read newspapers, I see stories on how the government takes advantage of small businesses and cater to the big corporations. She added: “They only care about themselves and not others. “

Her long term goals include going to university in England and majoring in law with a minor in Spanish. ”By becoming a lawyer, I cannot only help myself, but others once I study law and understand my rights,” said Jaishelbi.

Asked how she was able to achieve her current goals Jaishelbi said: “I achieved my goals by putting more effort towards those things I wanted to accomplish. Since I want to better myself in the Spanish language, I read articles on Spanish. I also visit websites recommended by my teacher to better myself in web programming.”

And to name a few of her achievements, Jaishelbi received first honours from Warwick Academy this year, first and second honours during primary and middle school, in addition to participating in ballet and hip hop for three years and tap for two years.

Jaishelbi said she was grateful for her family’s love and guidance. “I would like to thank my parents and sister for their continuous love and support.”

She added: “My parents taught me that everyone has a back story, be more thankful for your position and others. You learn about another way of life thus making you examine your values and who you are as a person.”

* If you know a young person who you think merits being featured as one of our weekly Young Achievers, please e-mail Taja Fox, tfox@royalgazette.com

Young achieverJaishelbi Johnston (Photo by Glenn Tucker.)

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Published June 03, 2013 at 9:44 am (Updated June 03, 2013 at 9:43 am)

Teen changes way MEF does business

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