Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One year to lead - A look back on 2014

What a year it’s been!

As we welcome our new JCI Winnipeg President, Natasha Fisher, we reflect on our Past President’s commitment to JCI this past year.

Danelle Hueging served as 91st President of Junior Chamber International Winnipeg, the first Canadian chapter of JCI, established back in 1923.

When I first joined JCI, I heard the phrase “one year to lead” coined for the first time. A good catch phrase, I thought. Well, that’s changed. Working with Danelle on JCI initiatives has amplified my definition of what “one year to lead” means for me, for our members and for our community. This note is my attempt at showcasing that fact.

Here is a quick rundown of JCI accomplishments, under Danelle’s leadership …  

Having been sworn-in on Dec 7, 2013 at JCI’s signature Winter Gala, Danelle quickly got to work on getting her board ready for new challenges in 2014.

Read her message as incoming President - 2014 President’s Message

Her impact began manifesting itself as she mingled with her peers in St. Louis at JCI USA’s Local President's Summit, early in 2014. Representing Winnipeg and Canada, Danelle studied successes in other chapters in order to bring back fresh ideas on how JCI Winnipeg could shape its potential for positive change in Winnipeg.

Then, she scheduled a Local Officer Training (LOTS) session with other JCI chapters in Canada’s Prairie Region. We all benefited from this weekend to learn, connect with fellow members from Western Canada and to bond as colleagues.

The bar was set; Danelle quickly focused her attention on supporting a variety of initiatives and projects offering professional development opportunities to our membership, visibility and influence for the chapter and opportunities to have positive impact in our community.

Here are a just few of them…

Bold Winnipeg Caucus
As President of JCI Winnipeg, Danelle served as Ex-Officio Member on the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She joined the BOLD Caucus, along with 26 other community leaders to help shape the BOLD platform. Simply put, the platform captured the creativity and passion Winnipeggers have for our city in an effort to inspire innovative thinking and ideas among all mayoral candidates for the 2014 Civic Elections.

Read about the BOLD Caucus - BOLD Winnipeg Caucus

Leadercast Winnipeg
The best one day leadership training summit of the year! Participants heard from current and influential leaders from all walks of life. JCI gathered over 100 people for this inaugural event that drew keynotes speakers Sachit Merah and Hon. Kevin Chief who spoke on the theme 'Beyond You'.

Read remarks from local leaders on Leadercast Winnipeg - Key messages from Leadercast Winnipeg

JCI Winnipeg’s Effective Speaking Workshop and Competition
Following in Natasha Fisher’s footsteps as Effective Speaking Champion of the Americas, JCI Winnipeg organized professional development workshops for effective speaking and saw member Katrina Hueging defend Winnipeg’s title as Canadian champs at JCI Canada’s National Convention in late September 2014.

Read news stories on Natasha Fisher’s bid for the World Title in Effective Speaking - Natasha Fisher’s public speaking skills are taking her around the world.

JCI Winnipeg to become bilingual
Following the World Trade Centre Winnipeg’s lead, JCI Winnipeg has decided to invest resources in becoming bilingual in French and English. A key partnership was achieved with Jeune chambre de commerce de Québec (JCCQ), Québec City’s local JCI chapter. With their assistance, we successfully secured funding for the initiative. We have since become members of the Chambre de commerce francophone de Saint-Boniface (CCFSB) and have a new bilingual website scheduled for launch in early 2015.

Read about our bilingual launch - JCI Winnipeg says OUI to bilingualism

Community Clean-up – Fort Rouge Park
Danelle’s strong sense of community energized JCI’s membership for our annual Community Clean-up event. Community members and small business sponsors worked hand in hand with JCI to clean up Fort Rouge Park. Rain or shine, Danelle took the helm and mobilized us for some for positive impact in our community.

JCI Winnipeg’s Annual Golf Tournament
With help from member Joel Mabon, JCI accomplished a little fundraising and redefined the term #funwithpurpose. The day was spent among new and past JCI members, along with JCI Senators, friends and family having fun on the links while raising funds for JCI’s many community initiatives. Danelle took this opportunity to connect the past and current members for an afternoon of fellowship, where success stories from JCI Winnipeg’s long history were shared.

Read JCI Member Jason Gunnlaugson’s reflections - Ways and whys of getting involved locally.

2014 JCI Canada National Convention
JCI Durham was host to 2014 JCI Canada National Convention which took place Ajax, Ontario. Danelle did not hesitate to maximize the opportunities that presented themselves at this annual event. After submitting a copious amount of projects and initiatives for awards in the weeks leading up to Nat Con (as we call it), Danelle accompanied the JCI Winnipeg delegation to JCI Canada’s General Assembly, participated in many training sessions and promoted JCI Winnipeg’s achievements at multiple networking events organized by JCI Durham. Her hard work paid off as JCI Winnipeg was recognized in 4 different categories. Danelle also took every opportunity to promote Natasha Fisher’s bid for the World Effective Speaking Championship Title and raised over $600 for her travel expenses. And finally, Danelle accepted a new role as National Vice - President for JCI Canada. 

Read about her experience - 2014 JCI National Conference

Danelle Hueging finished off her year to lead by supporting 4 stunning projects; JCI’s Trick Or Eat Halloween Food DriveJCI’s Charity Toy Drive, the Santa Claus Parade Day events, and a new collaboration with Junior achievement of Manitoba. She also accompanied Natasha Fisher to JCI World Congress 2014 Leipzig, Germany in November 2014. 

All of these projects take an impressive amount of coordination, skill and dedication. Danelle brought this to each and every meeting, every member Mixer and at every event where she represented us. She also knew how to bring it out in all of us. She successfully mobilized us to take on innovative projects, to invest our time for greater causes and to commit to bringing our best. She has helped our board, our members and our community become better versions of ourselves, and all this within her year to lead.

Witness to Danelle’s enthusiasm and dedication, my belief that we can achieve positive change in our community, as a group and as an individual, continues to grow.

Speaking on behalf of all of those you've reached this year, thank you for being involved, for being fearless in front of new challenges and for believing in our ability to make the world better.

To quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

All the best in 2015 as a JCI Canada National Vice-President.

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