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JCI Winnipeg sees networking benefits after national convention

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onferences are a great way to network, learn from role models, share best practices and validate what’s possible by seeing it in others. Tis group setting is

often buzzing with energy, ideas, and knowledge; full of like-minded individuals ready to collaborate and make great things happen! Every year JCI Winnipeg, a local organization celebrat-

ing its 93rd year of active citizenship, takes part in the National JCI Convention; a 4 day conference that has young leaders from across Canada getting together for training sessions, National Board elections and awards ceremony, the National speaking competition and general assembly meetings. Tis year, “NatCon” was hosted by JCI Calgary, and the personal growth, networking and professional development opportunities were no different! A delegation of 4 members from Winnipeg attended the

conference in September. Our city was well represented by JCI Winnipeg President Natasha Fisher, Past President Danelle Hueging, VP Katrina Hueging and Director Simon Méthot as the Winnipeg chapter brought back 9 of the 16 national awards available, not to mention that for the national JCI Effective Speaking Champ is one of our very own Winnipeggers! Anytime a group of driven, inspired young people gets

together to create positive change in their communities, great things happen that deserve to be shared. Here is a top 10 list sharing some of the highlights from that 3 day weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to be at a conference, you’re

missing out. Te idea sharing, team building, and network- ing that happens provide the perfect ingredients for great things to happen! TOP 10 Highlights from National Convention in Calgary: #10 - Reuniting with fellow Jaycees from across the coun-

try is always a highlight, there is a lot of catching up and sharing of best practices that happens among this group of leaders and entrepreneurs! Over 100 jaycees, senators and guests got together from around Canada (we even had some international guests!) for this jam-packed event. #9 - Touring Calgary’s famous Smithbuilt Hats, exploring

their fantastic downtown on segways, and taking part in an excursion at the Heritage Park showcased some of the gems this great prairie city has to offer. #8 - National Board Elections - we are happy to have

local Winnipeg representative Danelle Hueging sitting as National Vice President for JCI Canada for the coming year. #7 - Effective Leadership Training led by International

Vice President Candice Henriquez from Venezuela; shar- ing best practices and tools in a leader’s toolbox was one of many fantastic sessions offered throughout the conference! #6 - Keynote speaker Todd Hirsch, author and Alberta

economist, led us in a conversation navigating the current economy; one of many engaging discussions available to delegates. #5 - Winnipeg owned the podium at the awards cer-

emony! Highlights include: Best Local OMOIYARI Project (an award that recognizes

efforts towards lasting peace) - for our work partnering with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities

Active citizens in action! Best Opportunity in Canada - our OMOIYARI project

was also selected as the best overall opportunity for impact in Canada! Best Local Corporate Social Responsibility - for our

work with the World Trade Center-Winnipeg with Youth Integration and Collaboration Best Long Term Community Program - For our ongoing

work with the Santa Parade and Workshop Best Local UN MDG (United Nations Millenium Devel-

opment Goals) Project - for the Trick or Eat Project spear- headed by Erica Christie and John Mark Wilderspin Best Community Impact - for our Fort Rouge Park Clean

project with St. Boniface University, their Entrepreneurship Club and CDEM Best Chapter Management Initiative - recognition for

our marketing, social media and blog communication strategy Springboard of the year - goes to the member who in

their first 4 months "shows an exceptional amount of initia- tive"... kudos to our very own Erica Christie recognized for her involvement projects, including initiating a partnership with Junior Achievement Manitoba Chapter Excellence Award - JCI Winnipeg members and

their actions have maintained a GOLD recognition status Nationally for over 5 years in a row! #4 - Meeting JCI World President Ismail Haznedar, from

Turkey, who celebrated his birthday with the group, toasted 100 years of positive impact at their awards ceremony and then stayed to help with the community project on the

Beaver Flats. #3 - Te opportunity to spend Saturday afternoon par-

ticipating in a community project in Calgary, where we helped put up fencing to protect the trees in a post-flood zone on the Beaver Flats. Tis area is still in recovery from the floods from three years ago. #2 - Katrina Hueging, VP for JCI Winnipeg represented

the Prairie region well and went on to win the National Effective Speaking competition! She now moves onto the area conference and competition of the Americas, being held in Uruguay spring 2016, the second time in 3 years our winnipeg speakers have represented the JCI organization nationally on an international stage! #1 - Celebrating with members across Canada the JCI

anniversary of 100 years of impact since being established in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri. Tat’s a lot of good around the world that has been done by our members, and we look forward to empowering young people for 100 more! As a ‘rookie Jaycee’, I attended my first JCI “NatCon” in

2012 hosted by JCI Kootenay in Kimberly, BC and haven’t looked back since. Being in an environment that is charged with positive energy, a drive to make things better and peo- ple who want to have fun at the same time is a contagious thing to be a part of! Te impact that events like this have on individuals as well as the communities the delegates come from have lasting positive impact for years to come and I encourage you to experience it for yourself. What better springboard could a young person ask for? Get involved with your local JCI Chapter today!

Free online textbooks now available to Manitoba post-secondary students


new Manitoba government program will provide post-secondary students and teach- ers with free access to an online book library,

reducing the often significant cost of purchasing textbooks. Te library contains open textbooks, which are

textbooks created and reviewed by educators. Tey are licensed under open copyright licenses and made available online to students and faculty, as well as members of the public. Tere are currently 104 textbooks available through the online library, with 50 additional titles expected this fall. Much of the free content applies to the academic subject ar- eas with the highest enrolment, so large numbers of students will benefit. Faculty members are allowed to adapt and customize the content to meet their course needs. “Textbooks are one of the biggest costs faced by

post-secondary students, and it can be a significant barrier in the pursuit of further education,” said Minister Allum. “Tis exciting initiative offers al- ternatives to traditional textbooks with free online access, which will ensure the best quality education possible, while keeping more money in the pockets of hard working students.”

6 Smart Biz Te new initiative was welcomed by the Canadian

Federation of Students – Manitoba. “Tis is a positive step forward being undertaken

by the provincial government,” said Michael Bark- man, chair, Canadian Federation of Students–Mani- toba. “Students will benefit from this new initiative and we look forward to continue to work together in order to achieve more accessible, affordable and high-quality post-secondary education in Mani- toba.” Minister Allum said the new Open Textbook Ini-

tiative builds on his government’s Post-Secondary Education Strategy, which was announced earlier this year. “We recently became the first province in West-

ern Canada to eliminate provincial interest on all student loans, and we also provide a tuition tax rebate that gives back an average of $1,000 to stu- dents after they graduate, said Minister Allum. “Our government is committed to keeping Manitoba’s post-secondary education costs among the lowest in the country.” For more information about the Open Textbook Initiative, go to November 2015

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