Junior Chamber International (JCI) Dominica made history after successful participation at the 59th JCI West Indies National Convention, an annual event which this year was hosted by JCI Port of Spain.
Dominica had a delegation of seven (7) members attend the convention and competed in debate and public speaking competitions against Jaycee members from within the West Indies. JCI Dominica places focus on ensuring and encouraging participation in development opportunities for its members, and thus proudly supported as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Syra Clarke and Jaycess Dervon Laurent, Aquenel Victorine and Cassie Archibald all represented the organization and country admirably.
The convention also saw JCI Dominica selected via bidding process as the host for the 61st National Convention to be held in 2021. This is the first time in decades Dominica has been selected and will serve as a great boost for the organization and the economy of Dominica. Young active citizens from eight (8) islands that make up JCI West Indies as well as Senators & International JCI Officers will converge to discover Dominica’s natural beauty & culture while conducting the official business of JCI West Indies.
The milestone achievements continued as JCI Dominica successfully secured two (2) awards for Best Skills Development Program for 2019 and 2019 Public Relations Challenge award. An appreciation award was also presented to President James Rodney for his dedication and commitment to serve and a Certificate of Recognition presented to the organization for its participation in the TOYP program.
Additionally, the convention, which saw a new JCI West Indies board elected to serve for 2020, will proudly include Dominica’s very own James Rodney who has been appointed to serve as the National Public Relations Officer. This achievement of seating on the National Board, has not been achieved by a Dominican in over 20 years and is a true testament to the hard work put in by Mr. Rodney and possibilities that lie within Dominica’s youth when given the opportunities such as those JCI Dominica affords its members.
Dervon Laurent, a recently inducted member of JCI Dominica expressed that the experience was just what he was looking for, stating “I wanted an experience that opened my eyes as to how I could fulfill my personal obligations, of changing the world, through JCI. The conclusion I have come to after attending this convention, is a resounding yes, JCI Dominica and the opportunities it gives to me, provides me the framework to make an impact .”