Garius Lonick Contender for Young Haitian International Award
Haitian businessman, Garius Lonick, took top honors in the Ten Outstanding Young Haitians of 2014 competition. He is now in the running, along with thousands of other candidates around the globe, for Ten Outstanding Youth Globally 2015. He has reached the semi-finalist stage, among 19 other semi-finalists vying for the top ten. The Junior Chamber International Haiti (JCI Haiti) sponsors the competition.
Lonick began his business career at the age of 12 when his parents could no longer afford his school tuition. Lonick took matters into his own hands, starting a business making artisan crafts for consumers. He put himself through school with his earnings, obtaining a BA in medical technology. He then started Bioced, a healthcare service, covering lab testing, internal medicine, psychiatry, gynecology, and dental care, all offered at affordable rates. The endeavor progressed to providing medical students internships.
Lonick used the proceeds from Bioced and began ESNATECH, a school of nursing and medical technology, with six other investors. ESNATECH currently offers 1,000 courses, along with scholarship assistance.
Lonick's accomplishments add up to a university degree and four successful businesses, with an employment force of 100. Today he works as a Senior Laboratory Officer, performing HIV testing. He also offers his technical expertise to GHESKIO Center's Partner in Health.
A JCI jury of international participants will compile votes, to render their decision. President Ernst Cadet of JCI says the contest allows ". . . us Haitians to positively position Haiti internationally"
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