JCI St Vincent hosts installation, awards ceremony
February 5, 2016
JCI St Vincent hosts installation, awards ceremony

On Saturday, January 16, JCI St Vincent hosted a ceremony to install the elected executive members for 2016, and recognize the contribution of members and stakeholders during 2015.

The event, which was held at Stoney Ground, saw turnout from members, senators, observers, guests and the media. An inspiring message was delivered by the 2016 President Shevern Lewis-John, who noted that JCI was a vibrant global community of active citizens with responsibility for investing in the future of their community.{{more}} She observed that many skills, knowledge and understanding are developed through involvement and service as active citizens.

The 2016 theme for JCI St Vincent was outlined as “Speaking Volumes through Action,” with emphasis on persons seizing the opportunities to change the world by working with all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. Members were encouraged to recommit themselves with a renewed passion and make use of the opportunity to develop, take ownership and be accountable for bringing about positive change in their communities.

Following this, the elected officers were sworn in, pledging their commitment to serve and lead the organization for 2016. The executive consists of: vice-presidents Keithaa James and John Kei; secretary Cametha John; treasurer Iasha Sutherland and immediate past president /Legal Counsel Mandisa Stephens.

Several organizations were recognized for their contribution to the success of projects and activities executed in 2015. Receiving the Active Citizens Award was the SVG Planned Parenthood Association, while awards of appreciation for partnering with the organization were given to the Vector Control Unit, SVG Coastguard, SVG Royal Police Force – CID Unit and Health Solutions Inc.

Within the organization’s membership, past president Ryan Hazell received the ‘Above and Beyond’ award, with Gabriel Glasgow taking the ‘Membership Growth’ award. Senator Alice Mandeville received the President’s Medallion, while Best Chairman 2015 was awarded to Cametha John. Awards of appreciation were received by Keithaa James and Shevern Lewis-John.

The Junior Chamber International (JCI), formerly known as Jaycees, is a non-governmental, voluntary organization with the main objective of developing and empowering young people, and contributing to community growth through active involvement. In 2015, the organization celebrated 100 years of impact with over 200,000 members in more than 5,000 local organizations across the globe.

Interested persons can learn more about the organization at www.jci.cc or www.facebook.com/jci.stvincent. Contact may be made via email at jcist.vincent@gmail.com.