by Leon Norville
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Antigua is halfway through their annual mid-year week of activities to mark the 61st anniversary of the organisation’s existence, and engaging their members and the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
President of the organisation, Leycia Samuels, said that the week of activities is an important staple for the JCI Antigua brand because it is a way to let the public know what they are all about.
“We are a leadership organisation that has a rich history of developing leaders, and good leaders are needed especially during this pandemic,” she said.
She added that the organisation is known for its community outreach, training and development, and the week of activities gives the public and potential members an opportunity to get a first-hand taste of what exactly JCI Antigua has to offer.
This year, the organisation attended a church service on Sunday with several activities lined up for the week. These include training workshops aimed at developing members and raising the focus on pertinent issues, like mental health.
A read for the kids’ programme at their adopted school, T N Kirnon Primary, and a motivational talk to the students at the St John’s Catholic Primary school on Wednesday were facilitated by various members of the organisation. Also, their highly anticipated Mental Health Webinar hosted last evening was well received.
Today, JCI Antigua will be donating items to the Fiennes Institute and several members will be volunteering at the soup kitchen located at the Public Market complex.
The highlight of the week of activities this year is the Effective and Impromptu speaking competition lined up for this evening on zoom. The winner of that competition will also be representing the local chapter at the JCI National Convention slated for October 2021 in Dominica.
The organisation will wrap up the week of activities with a movie night and awards ceremony later this week.
The theme for this year’s event is “Keeping together is progress, Working together is success.”