About 7 years ago, I joined an organization called JCI – Junior Chamber International. At that time in my life, I was just starting to progress into more senior Human Resource roles and I wanted to connect with individuals in my age group who were interested in networking, business and community involvement. It is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made on both a personal and professional level.
Who are the members of JCI? We are young professionals and entrepreneurs age 18-40 who are interested in being active citizens and influencing positive change in our communities. JCI is a membership based, non-profit organization that offers amazing opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals while participating in activities and projects that challenge you and assist in your personal growth.
I am a member of JCI Winnipeg, the oldest chapter in Canada celebrating 90 years this year; also one of many chapters under the JCI Canada umbrella. In the past few years as a member of JCI Winnipeg, I have served on the Executive Board as Vice President- Sponsorship & Marketing (2010-2012) and most recently as a Director (2013-present). The Executive Board is a fabulous group of people, great minds, great personalities, and great passion! At the 2012 Annual Gala dinner, I received awards for Long Service and also Member of the Year for helping to initiate JCI Winnipeg’s social media strategy, in addition to chairing the Annual Golf Tournament.
JCI has recently adopted a powerful slogan BE BETTER. Pretty simple right? This mantra is infused throughout the entire organization whether you are in Asia, Canada or Columbia. It’s a powerful statement that sums up exactly what I hope to achieve and exhibit as a role model to my children, family and friends.
How can you BE BETTER with JCI? There are 4 ways, and I’ve included some examples of what JCI Winnipeg has offered in the past few years for each category.
- Individual Development
- Effective Speaking seminar, Board Involvement, Networking at the Monthly Mixers
- Business Development
- Negotiations Skills seminar, Spring into Business
- Community Development
- International Development
In addition to all of that greatness, JCI Winnipeg is launching the first ever French Council to cater to our bilingual members and showcase our francophone presence! The first meeting is Wednesday June 5th, 2013 5pm at CDEM in St B. 2nd floor, 614 des Meurons.
As I stated earlier, JCI Winnipeg is Canada’s oldest chapter celebrating 90 wonderful years! Our chapter also has the great honour of hosting the Western Regional Conference June 14-16, 2013 right here in Winnipeg! Here’s the lineup:
I’m most excited about the Amazing Leadership Race – it’s going to be a blast!
There is still time to register for the conference and be a part of an amazing event/organization that is doing amazing things! I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it all!