members of the month
JCI Malta would not exist if it weren’t for its proactive and inspiring members. Ranging between the ages of 18 and 40, JCI members are young enterprising leaders who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their lives, and in their personal and professional communities.
In 2021, JCI Malta launched the Member of the Month programme where it rewarded one dedicated member each month. This programme will be continuing throughout 2022, to highlight the work and commitment of members, both old and new.
If you want to get the chance to be awarded this monthly badge of honour, reach out to your Local President and see what opportunities are available to make the most of your JCI Malta membership.
2022 Members of the month
Rachel joined JCI Malta back in October 2014 to put her expertise and involvement in NGOs to use in a different way. Rachel says joining JCI Malta and contesting for Local Organisation President La Vallette was one of the the best decisions she’s ever made. As JCI Malta is constantly providing new opportunities, Rachel makes the most of this by exploring new areas of interest.
Edward is a 27-year-old Maltese currently working in the management consulting scene on geopolitics and public affairs. Currently also a member of JCI La Valette, a board that he once led as Local President in 2019. He is currently assisting in the production of events for the JCI Malta “Change Politics” initiative. Edward has various hobbies such as art, travelling, motorsports and fashion. He is currently reading his Master’s degree in Politics and Strategy with the hope to further delve into this subject through a PhD in the coming years.
Johann was Director of Marketing for JCI Malta in 2021, and is now the Local President of JCI De Rohan. Having spent a number of years specialising in social media marketing, and volunteering with other NGOs such as Malta Pride and Dr Klown, he is now the Executive Administrator for Victim Support Malta. Johann is a creative who keeps himself busy with hand drawn illustrations and other similar commission-based work, having most recently collaborated with designer Parascandalo on a small fashion line.
Born the first of 4 and left the last. I am a serial traveller who has touched down on all continents in the pursuit of an answer I didn’t know I was looking for. Thankfully I found it in dedicating myself to helping people become better versions of themselves, and with them, I work on becoming a better version of myself. I’m not one for words, but I can get wordy and love talking about enabling oneself to levels of determination, self-conviction and inspiration previously considered impossible to reach. And if you add a whisky, cigar or drop a mention of motorcycling then we will get on like a house on fire.
The 2021 honOUrees
2021 Members of the month
IT professional Mohammed joined JCI Malta in 2017, after encouragement from alumni Rachel Cassar and Clayton Mercieca, and since then he has very actively attended almost all of the courses, events and trainings we’ve organised. A family man and father of three kids, he credits JCI Malta for helping him acquire skills in public speaking and debating, as well as being his second family where he can share his ideas and engage in healthy discussions.
23-year old Jacob first joined JCI Malta back in 2015 after winning the TOYP Award for ‘Personal Improvement & Accomplishment’. Jacob is enthusiastic about personal development, networking and socialising with different types of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In JCI Malta, Jacob says he found a supportive and safe environment where he can grow, learn and develop every step of the way.
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Sarah is a graduate in Media & Communications with Maltese, and a full time Audio Visual assistant at a local radio station. With her main interests being photography and graphic design, she says JCI Malta has been a great platform to develop her creative skills and meet like-minded people. She says joining JCI Malta was an opportunity to get out of her comfort zone and share her ideas in a safe yet fun team environment.
Shrija is an investment professional with an Economics Honors degree, an MBA, and over 10 years of work experience in Banking and Finance. She has been a JCI member since 2020, and becoming a member has helped her to network and socialise as she is relatively new to Malta. Her highlight since she became a member has been the Public Speaking Competition, Shrija really enjoyed it and it was very well-organised.
Matthew is 21 years old, identifies as Non-Binary and has been very involved within LGBTQ+ activism. Currently juggling work and studying, their ambition is to be a social worker or youth worker, whilst remaining a vocal activist in standing up for minority groups. They are also a skateboard enthusiast and a travel lover! Matthew is relatively new to JCI Malta, but they’ve already shown a great deal of commitment and potential. They became a member in March of this year, with the determination to further their knowledge in leadership and expand their network.
Graduated in Marketing & Communications and currently working in affiliate marketing, 27 year old Florence recently moved from Belgium to Malta with her dog, Charlie. Having been involved in JCI Antwerp back home, she wanted to make sure her JCI story could continue upon starting her new life in Malta. A few months in, she’s already worked on launching her own JCI Malta project later this year and expanding her network.
Manager of ZAAR Crowdfunding Malta, Matthew had debated becoming a JCI Malta member for a number of years, before taking the plunge this year after becoming interested in JCI La Valette’s projects. He has illustrious experience in project management, e-business analysis as well as the entire operations of startups and medium-sized enterprises. Matthew is currently also the country expert within the European Commission DG GROW Workshop on Alternative Finance and FinTech, and a member of the Non-Executive Board of European Crowdfunding Network.
Fran is a full-time professional photographer who specialises in weddings and events. She believes photographs that capture natural emotion make for authentic memories. She has a degree in Architecture & Civil Engineering and a PGCE in Mathematics. In fact, she teaches Maths part-time, and also enjoys playing chess. Fran is also a well-seasoned traveller, having studied at the University of Kentucky, and then lived in Melbourne for 2 years. She joined JCI Malta earlier this year to expand her network and learn more about her own capabilities through our regular workshops, trainings and events.
As 2021 Local President of JCI Wignacourt, the social impact chapter in Malta, Mel has revived a fire in many of our other members. With a determined work ethic and an awesome personality to match, they’ve managed to engage our members in a long-lasting way, encouraging them to run their own projects and become positive #LeadersForChange!
Alex was born in South Africa, graduated with a bachelor’s in Criminology from London, and is currently reading for a masters in European Economics, Politics & Law. She joined JCI Malta in 2020, finding a lot in common with Wignacourt chapter president Mel McElhatton, finding shared values in social justice, equality & equity, self-improvement, mental health and wellbeing, and of course a passion for helping the community (as well as cats)!
Leanne B. Moore
A member of JCI Malta since last April, from working on the TOGETHER Social Club initiative, Leanne is a teacher of Art & Design to youths with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties as well as ADHD. Not to mention that she is trained in coaching adults with ADHD and tutoring children within the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Organising TOGETHER has been my JCI highlight so far, as I had the opportunity to create a small networking community for people to feel a sense of belonging and be able to inspire each other. The Social Club gave us the chance to connect in the midst of the pandemic, as we shared and listened to each other’s life stories.”
Graduated with a Bachelors in Creative Media Production, and a passion for entrepreneurship, Jonathan decided to build his own brand and business focusing on content creation, particularly photography and videography. After studying Digital Marketing recently, he also began to help NGOs build their social media presence grow. Joining JCI Malta in January 2021, Jonathan wanted to expand his network and learn more about he can improve himself on a daily basis. As part of the national board next year, he wants to inspire others by ensuring the promotion of the organisation to other potential leaders, and he’s also looking forward to experiencing the international side of JCI.