“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen”
For Jasmine Aantjes the word community is “knowing that we are all working together. We support our local charities, organizations, local businesses and participate in events. We shop local and create jobs and grow our economy. We teach our children the same values we believe in. We are all linked by a sense of family and interact with one another.”
This strong sense of community comes from Jasmine’s role model, best friend and inspiration, her mother. As a single mother, she had to work up to three jobs in order to support herself and her children. She taught her children the value of hard work and the importance of family. Unsurprisingly, Jasmine inherited her mother’s strong work ethic. She loves her job working in marketing for Sun FM and EZ Rock in particular having the opportunity of “building strong relationships with clients and continuing to support their businesses”. She also enjoys the fact that her job allows her to be “involved with local events and helping raise money for local charities.”
Jasmine is also an entrepreneur, with her husband Johnny, they own and operate the Penticton Speedway. Jasmine and Johnny are dedicated to keeping up Penticton’s Speedway’s strong tradition in the community which draws over 40,000 people annually, as well as have ambitious plans to grow the venue and to host exciting new events each year. This year, they are planning on debuting a 2-day Pro Bull Riding event.
Despite her busy work and business commitments, Jasmine finds time to spend quality time with her son and four step-children and still makes time to give back to the community. Jasmine and Johnny launched the Penticton Speedway Foundation in 2011, and with their dedicated board of directors have managed to raise upwards of $30,000 each year. Through the foundation, Jasmine has raised funds in support of SOWINS, Cadets, for breakfast programs at local elementary schools and for local families in need.
Speaking about the reasons for her and her husband’s busy yet successful careers and relationship “Working hard and keeping busy is something we both believe in. Having a healthy family life while working full time is very rewarding; being able to give back to the community is a bonus.”
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