“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 White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants”
Martina Zamecnik moved to Penticton with her family when she was 9 years old. Seeking a better life, Martina’s parents left Slovakia and immigrated to Canada. The sudden change in surroundings for Martina challenged her creativity and inspired her entrepreneurial spirit.
Martina graduated from PenHi in 2001 and after leaving to study in the States returned to Penticton and in 2012 opened 360 Learning Academy, a tutoring business located in downtown Penticton.
Having experienced frustrations with high-school learning, Martina was inspired to provide a more customized approach to tutoring. Taking the risk of investing in the commercial space and opening her business is one of Martina’s proudest achievements. At 360 Learning Academy, Martina and her team of tutors strive to “discover how each student learns best and to equip students with skills for lifelong learning.”
The success of this approach has led to a second location of 360 Learning Academy which just opened its doors in Summerland. Martina’s two to three year plan is to get both locations up and going but is not ruling out further expansion, as she believes that a third location in the Okanagan may be warranted.
In addition to 360 Learning Academy, Martina manages to find time to other business and community projects. She created a Citizenship award at PenHi called “The Gratitude Award” which is awarded to the PenHi student who best demonstrates gratitude toward teachers and fellow students, and she has plans on establishing similar awards in other secondary schools in the area. This award led Martina to her second business called SendOutCards which is an online service which enables people to send out personalized greeting cards and gifts to show their gratitude and appreciation of others.
Martina also volunteers at a variety of community events such as: the Ironman, the Penticton’s Children Festival, the Mr. Muscle and Miss Bikini contest, various other sporting events and sits on the board of directors of the Penticton Women in Business networking group.
Being an accomplished athlete Martina enjoys participating in cross-country running, swimming meets, triathlons and ultimate Frisbee, and had she not embarked on her tutoring business would likely be involved in a career in coaching or in a sports related field.
She often encourages her students to “find something you enjoy doing and pursue it, to find where your passion lies and to build relationships in the community.” These are lessons that Martina has taken to heart and it is unsurprising that she inspires her students to reach their goals in leading by example.
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