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JCI Antigua shines bright like a ‘diamond’ for 2023

Editorial Staff

Jan 1, 2023

JCI, the Junior Chamber International Antigua is poised to set the stage for what they say will be an exciting and innovative year on the heels of a very successful 2022.

JCI President Laurel Jonas says the plans for 2023 are to further solidify the organization’s contributions and impact within the local communities.”

“We have been around for just over 60 years, and because of our rich history we will be around for several more decades,”

Jonas will serve as the organization’s 63rd president under the theme, “Destined for Excellence: Accentuating Vibrancy, Talent, and Positivity”.

She said the theme is significant, as the organization celebrates its Diamond Year with many historical milestones set, including the hosting of the organization’s regional convention in Antigua and Barbuda and the 60th Anniversary of its signature project, the Jaycees Queen Show.

“We are excited as an organization about the strides we have made over the years, and this year we are excited to be hosting our brothers and sisters from across the region as we showcase Antigua and Barbuda to the world. We are also excited to be celebrating the 60th year of hosting the Jaycees Queen Show with a very high standard set as we will be leveling up the entire production and calibre of the show as this is a significant milestone for our organization,” Jonas said

Meanwhile, Immediate Past President Shenique Barry, who served as the chapter’s 62nd President and led the over one-hundred-member strong organization to notable heights under her theme: Unleashing the potential within through resilience and determination the butterfly effect.

“It was an exciting and gratifying year as I saw growth from all areas within the organization. The impact and reach we had in our communities were phenomenal, and I’m very excited to see what the 2023 board has in store for the organization. “President Laurel and her board are a vibrant team, so I know there will be no slowing down for us in the new year,” Barry said.

Leading the charge for this year’s Board of Directors are recently elected President Laurel Jonas, Executive Vice President Therese Mills, Vice Presidents Caleb Gardiner, Colette Edwards, and Leon Norville, Secretary-General Collet Gordon, Assistant Secretary-General Faith Joseph, Treasurer Antonyer Jervier, Public Relations Officer Olson Browne, General Legal Counsel Ayana Dorsett, and Protocol Training and Retention Officer Latisha Browne.

The organization is also supported by its general membership and senators, who play a critical role in decision-making and effecting change.

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