JCI SVG participates in 56th JCI West Indies National Convention
October 28, 2016
JCI SVG participates in 56th JCI West Indies National Convention

The JCI St Vincent Chapter was represented by a five-member delegation at the 56th JCI West Indies National Convention, held in Barbados from October 11 to 15.

The convention, held under the theme ‘Passionate Leaders ACT for Positive IMPACT,’ was attended by a group of executive and ordinary members, led by president Shevern Lewis-John.{{more}}

The delegation participated in motivational sessions, training sessions with focus on leadership, marketing, networking and financial management, along with the public speaking and debating competitions. The organization returned home with awards in the category of Best Inter-organization Collaboration Project and Most Punctual President.

The convention is held annually in October to discuss the business of the organization, elect an executive for the upcoming year and plot its future course. Representation was seen from various local JCI Chapters across the region, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Members from chapters in the French West Indies also attended, with representation from Martinique and Guadeloupe. The convention provided an opportunity for members to network and socialize with like-minded people who also have an interest in youth leadership development and serving their community.

One of the evening events, dubbed ‘Island Night and Cultural Evening,’ gave persons the opportunity to socialize and enjoy cuisine and cultural presentations from the various countries. Chapters also contributed to a community project at the Government Hill Nursery School, the first nursery school in Barbados which was founded by the Barbados Jaycees. In addition, all organizations participated in the JCI Barbados Colouratic Fun Walk/Run, where all proceeds support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Barbados.

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. Last year, the organization celebrated 100 years of impact with over 200,000 members in more than 5,000 local organizations across the globe.

Persons interested in joining the organization can learn more at www.jci.cc or www.facebook.com/jci.st.vincent. Contact may be made via email at [email protected]