What a year. With its highs and its lows, we learnt, we grew and we continued in our journey in order to create true leaders for change and shape them into phenomenal young enterprising leaders. When I joined JCI Malta through JCI de Rohan back in 2017, I never could have imagined the roller-coaster ride of growth I would have experienced, just by taking that plunge and becoming a member. And this is exactly the kind of feeling we sought to create for every single member that joined us throughout the course of the year.
This year my wonderful team has worked absolutely hard in order to create a programme of events that empowered young people to become true leaders for change. If we’ve learnt nothing from the infamous Covid-19, we’ve learnt that we need to be prepared for when the unexpected happens. By being prepared, I mean being in a good enough position and having the right skills and knowledge to identify ways to survive a crisis and to adapt to a new way of doing things.
The programme put forward in 2021, aimed to push our members to become a leader that is not afraid of change but faces it head on. We held several Train Your Brain skills sessions on varied topics including looking at forward thinking ways of working that respect the right to disconnect, we’ve learnt about all forms of leadership through our partnership with UpYourLevel Performance Coaching for our Leaders of Tomorrow course, encouraged young leaders to start-up their green social enterprise and organising a seed fund of €30,000 thanks to JCI La Valette‘s SeedGreen project, started the discussion on the importance of having a healthy mind through JCI Wignacourt‘s outstanding events and projects, empowered members to understand that change truly starts with them, organised a successful National Convention that brought international trainers to Malta and included the much anticipated JCI de Rohan National Debating Competition, kickstarted the work to open up a 4th Local Organisation called JCI Gozo, and ran a successful Ten Outstanding Young People’s Awards campaign leading us to a phenomenal Gala Dinner where we also awarded several members and JCI projects held during 2021.
Through all of this, and the outstanding support of our three Local Presidents, we worked towards making every member feel special. Holding meetings or calls with new or potential members in order to show them how they can make the most of their JCI membership and through it create a career. Took the time to empower members to step up and run their own events and projects through JCI Malta and learn leadership skills by doing. And may I say, when I look at our members this year I can see a group of people that have truly mastered the JCI spirit. People who want to step up and take the lead because they understand just how far this organisation can get them and just how much stronger it makes them as young and upcoming leaders.
At the end of the day, we wanted to make sure that every member leaves JCI Malta and JCI, feeling just like the 35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy did, when he said: “Harvard gave me an education, but Junior Chamber gave me an education for life.”
I cannot conclude my end of year remarks without thanking those who essentially made it happen.
To the 2021 National Board, my team, thank you for everything. For sticking with this organisation through the highs and the lows, the serious moments and the moments of pure joy and laughs, through the hard work and high demands. We did it. We led JCI Malta through another successful year!
To our Partners, thank you for supporting this organisation and believing in it. Thank you for seeing its value and for encouraging us and our members to brave on and keep working towards empowering young people to create positive change.
To our members, thank you for sticking with us through this journey in 2021. I hope that through what you managed to acquire this year you are not only empowered to stay on for more, but also to participate and take every opportunity plunged at you to learn, grow and in turn help the organisation in its path of growth.
With 2022 around the corner, I bid farewell to this phenomenal honour of leading JCI Malta as National President, take my place as Immediate Past President, and watch the 2022 National Board, made up of members brought together and honed through the work of the 2021 team, lead the organisation to further greatness. I wish the biggest of luck to the incoming board, and look forward to seeing what 2022 holds for this marvellous organisation.
Thank you all! It’s been a downright pleasure!
2021 JCI Malta National President