Making jewellery in Morrisburg: a unique summer job


Skipping the typical summer jobs, local student Leah Wells became her own boss and started her own business this summer: Windfall Jewellery.

Wells, a resident of Morrisburg was just one of several students  chosen for the Ontario government’s Summer Company 2012 program.

Ontario students between the ages of 15 and 29 were eligible to apply for the program. Those who were accepted then became eligible to receive up to $3,000 as well as hands-on coaching and mentoring to help them start their own business.

Windfall Jewellery will offer a variety of different pieces, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces using an assortment of materials including beads, string and chain. 

Unique to Windfall Jewellery is that many of the pieces will be made with clay beads created by Wells herself using a kiln. 

“I can customize my designs to fit the request of my customers,” explained Wells. “I plan to make jewellery for various age groups and a variety of fashion statements.”

Windfall Jewellery will be sold at the Upper Canada Village gift shop, Winchester Hospital Gift Shop as well as at local Farmer’s Markets.

For more information please contact Leah Wells at 613-543-4453 or online at  or

Wells was just one of seven students from the Cornwall, SD&G, and Akwesasne area who applied and was accepted for the Summer Company 2012 program.

Alain Therriault’s summer business, AT Carpentry, puts his carpentry and woodworking skills to good use creating a variety of handmade carpentry products including pens, platters, bowls, dog houses, tables, chairs and boxes. 

Jessica Smith started her company, Cuts ‘N Grows, from her home in St. Andrews. She provides customers with a variety of fresh organic produce as well as grass cutting services. 

JT Woodworking is Jamie Terrance’s Summer Company. She offers customers quality handmade outdoor furniture and decor, including Adirondack chairs. 

Darby Wheeler of Farmers Food is offering fresh eggs, pickled eggs, chicks as well as a variety of freshly grown produce including beans, potatoes and rhubarb. 

Sand Field Furniture’s Igor Vasilenko creates a range of products to choose from, including cedar patio coffee tables, Adirondack chairs, shaker style garden benches and planter boxes and stands. 

Kevin Aleinik started his own lawn cutting, hedge trimming, weeding and light landscaping business called Kevin’s Kutting and Landscaping. 

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