SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2010
JCI NATIONAL CONFERENCE RECOGNISES SCOTLAND’S ACHIEVEMENTS
This weekend, at Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) Scottish conference in Aberdeen, JCI Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow scooped a sensational thirteen national awards and 2 senatorships between them in recognition of the outstanding achievements of Scotland’s chambers and its individual members during 2010.
Members were presented with their awards at a black tie gala dinner at the conference hotel, The Park Inn, last night (Saturday 16 March). JCI Aberdeen secured awards for:
In addition, Arlene Hutchinson, Immediate Past President, was named the most outstanding local president. She was also credited with implementing the most outstanding public relations programme. Arlene was also awarded with a senatorship which is the highest award that you can receive as part of the JCI organisation. This award recognises the achievements of an outstanding member allowing them to retain contact with JCI for life.
On receiving her award Arlene said “I feel very honoured to receive such an award. It has been an incredible journey since I joined JCI in 2004 and I have loved every minute of it. My sincere thanks go to the many great people that have supported me through my local chapter JCI Aberdeen”.
JCI Aberdeen Senator Pam Craddock was recognised for her meritorious service to the organisation.
In addition, Friday night’s debating competition was won by the Aberdeen team, with Michael Hodgson as the Best Individual Debater. Aberdeen’s Euan Gilles beat competition from Edinburgh to secure the public speaking prize. Aberdeen’s Ryan McPherson won ‘Best New Member’.
JCI Edinburgh’s Scott Sneddon won ‘Best Member’ and ‘Most Outstanding local programme’ for their Social Media Academy and JCI Glasgow’s Scott Johnston won ‘Best Senator’. In addition to JCI Edinburgh’s awards, Deputy National President Louise Swanson won the 2nd senatorship of the evening.
2011 JCI Scotland National President Suzanne Shinnie said: “I’m delighted with the awards that JCI Scotland has secured. It demonstrates the commitment of our members towards their personal and professional development. They are an inspiration to our newer recruits. We’ll now be concentrating on securing awards in categories at JCI World Congress later this year in Brusells.”
More than 60 delegates attended the conference, some visiting the city for the first time, from as far as Ghana, Turkey and Belgium. Members from the three Scottish local organisations, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, attended. Delegates from further afield in the UK also visited.
Suzanne continued: “The weekend was a huge success. It provided a great opportunity for JCI members to learn, develop and, above all, have fun. It was also a fantastic way for new members to get to know their peers. I must thank the others on the conference team, without whom the conference couldn’t have happened, and the local companies who consistently support JCI.”
JCI members were treated to a weekend of public speaking, training and socialising. The young professionals heard about business challenges from local industrialists Sir Moir Lockhead, founder of First Group, George Yule, executive chairman of ROMAR International Ltd and former chief executive at Dominion Gas, and Andrew Laing, deputy chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management.
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JCI Aberdeen National Conference was hosted at The Park Inn Hotel, Aberdeen, between Friday 15 and Sunday 17 April. Each year, Scottish chambers put forward nominations for the awards. They are judged by a panel made up of new members from each chamber, JCI Senate chair and JCI Scottish National President. For more information visit www.jciaberdeen.org.uk
Junior Chamber International Aberdeen is affiliated to Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide organisation that aims to develop young leaders who can contribute to the advancement of the global community. The organisation gives professionals aged between 18 and 40 the opportunity to build the leadership skills, social responsibility and fellowship necessary to create positive change. JCI Aberdeen promotes personal and professional development by offering local, national and international training, events, projects and networking in a fun, sociable environment. JCI began in 1948. It exists in more than 100 countries and is comprised of almost 250,000 young people.