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“Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit.”

– John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership


Introducing: Leadership Development Network!

No matter if we look at our personal or professional lives, we all take on leadership roles for others around us. Whether it’s parents with children or employees within corporations or friends in social circles – people look to us for guidance, inspiration, approval, and any variety of other potential things.
The more we learn and practice leadership skills, the better leaders we will become. In turn, we will be better equipped to assume positions that demand greater leadership, as the skills don’t magically appear when you are endowed with a new title.
As Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden said, “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” Successful leaders learn to lead before they hold a leadership position.

The purpose of the Leadership Development Network is to bring together those who desire to be better leaders.

The monthly meetings will start with the opportunity for the group to share their current struggles related to leadership to see if anyone else has experienced a similar situation and to gain insight on how others have overcome common challenges.

Then, a leadership skill will be explored in depth. From better communication, effective delegation, or how to motivate others – the topic will change monthly and will be based on the previous months input of what area they are interested in learning more about.
Finally, a goal setting session will occur that will have all attendees set a SMART goal for how they will become a better leader by the next meeting. It will be up to each individual to decide how lofty a goal they would like to set knowing that we will all hold each other accountable for achieving our goals at the start of the next meeting.
Together, we will connect and develop the future leaders of our city. I hope to see you there!
Leadership Development Network (LDN) Inaugural Meeting
March 14 6PM – 8PM
Re/Max River City
#100, 10328 81 Ave

Tickets available here

Free for JCI Members
$20 for Non-members


Volunteer Opportunities

Current volunteer opportunities are always posted on

Current postings include:
Fundraising Manager (Volunteer)
Grant Writer (Volunteer)

Other volunteer positions that are needed but haven't been posted yet:
Event Planner - Experience JCI
Experience JCI is an annual event that aims to bring people out to learn more about JCI and everything we offer. Organizing the event typically involves setting up: a venue, an A/V system, a catering company, tables for other volunteers to talk about specific JCI programs, recruiting said volunteers to help out for the night, and promoting the event through Facebook, Google AdWords, Eventbrite and other channels. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in helping set up please email 

Marketing and Communications Manager
JCI Edmonton is seeking someone interested in gaining Marketing and Communications experience. Through a combination of social media, newsletters, and personally reaching out to members and interested people we need to craft a consistent message and track the results of our efforts.

This opportunity would assist with: social media posts and tracking the metrics from resources such as Facebook Insights to learn how to make more effective posts, newsletter creation - tracking metrics through Mailchimp, website edits to optimize Google Analytics data, testing different Google AdWords campaigns to drive more traffic towards JCI Edmonton. If you're interested in learning more, please email

Holiday Hamper Program Volunteers
The Holiday Hamper Program has been creating positive change in our community for over 13 years. We have helped thousands of families celebrate Christmas over the past decade, due in no small part to the many volunteer elves and committee members that help run the event.

Are you interested in helping us out this year? We will have several volunteer positions to fill over the next few months, requiring help with everything from logistics to venue planning to sponsorship. If you have a skill set that you think would help us out please let us know! Email Lynsey at and tell us a little bit about yourself.


Effective Speaking Topic Released!

As seen in the latest episode of Two Minutes with Mike, National Vice President Stefan Cherwoniak has announced that the topic is: "The impact of youth on the world of tomorrow."

JCI Edmonton will be hosting a local training and competition on April 14. Registration is limited to 14 members tops, it's first come first served so make sure to sign up quickly!

The winner will then represent Edmonton at the Regional conference on May 11-13 in Drumheller, Alberta. The winner of Regionals will represent the Prairies at JCI Canada National Convention in Niagara Falls, the winner of the National competition will go on to compete at the 2019 JCI Conference of the Americas, and the winner of that will go on to represent the western hemisphere at the 2019 JCI World Congress in Tallinn, Estonia!


Upcoming Events

March 14 - Leadership Development Network

As described above, the purpose of the Leadership Development Network is to bring together those who desire to be better leaders.

Sign up here.


March 24 - Public Skate and Sock Drive

Join us at the Victoria Park Oval and Iceway for an afternoon of skating!

There will be free hot chocolate for JCI members and all members of the public that happen to be skating that afternoon.

We will be setting up a box to accept new, unused sock donations and will have the means to also accept financial contributions that will go towards providing clothing for the homeless.

Sign up here


March 28 - Social

As always, on the last Wednesday of the month, come and join JCI Edmonton and Groe Social at our Social Event. This event is open to anyone who is looking for an opportunity to meet new people and develop and expand social or business networks in a laid back, casual setting.

Our social mixers are held at unique local venues such as cafes, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries etc. Our aim is to connect Edmontonians to the city, community and each other. The event is free to attend, some light appetizers may be provided depending on venue and event.

Sign up here to get updates on the venue


April 14 - Effective Speaking Training

JCI offers members a unique opportunity to exercise and showcase their abilities and to share ideas on important local, national or global issues. Whether you only want to improve your skills or be a candidate and represent our chapter at the regional convention, you are welcome to join us for this amazing training.

*Maximum of 14 members per sessions can attend, first come first serve.

Sign up here


May 3 - Experience JCI

Come out and bring some friends to learn more about JCI and everything we offer!

Food and beverages will be provided and their will be a variety of door prizes.

JCI Members can enter to win a fully reimbursed flight, hotel and registration for a 2018 JCI International Event.

Sign up here to get updated with the final venue location.


Interesting Events around the City

March 5-7 - Cities and Climate Change Conference

Edmonton is hosting the inaugural Cities and Climate Change Science Conference March 5-7, 2018.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Cities IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

There a multitude of related events and conferences going on throughout the week.
More information
Mar 5 Nextgen Sustainability of Tomorrow


March 8 - Belief Repatterning

JCI Edmonton Member Brian Nogaro has organized to have Suze Casey fly in to talk about Belief Repattering in Sale (and life) on March 8 from 7-9PM.

Anyone who mentions JCI at the door gets in free!

Email Brian for more information


March 16 - Pecha Kucha Night 30

Edmonton's NextGen PKN is excited to present Pecha Kucha Night 30 at NAIT's Shaw Theatre! PKN 30 will feature 12 presentations by past presenters, call it a Throwback Thirty if you will! 

Twelve presentations, varying in topic, consisting of 20 images shown for 20 seconds will be showcased. This distinctive format keeps the presentations engaging for the entire audience. To celebrate the 30th PKN, Edmonton’s NextGen has invited back some of the best past presenters for encore presentations.

Tickets available here.


Recurring Partner Event - AIESEC Exchange Opportunities

As the world's largest youth-run non-profit organization, AIESEC aims to develop youth leaders through cross-cultural exchanges.

Find out more about our exchanges by attending our information sessions either Wednesday or Thursday of each week from 5PM - 6PM in BUS B-05 at the University of Alberta.

Kickstart your leadership experience here:

This gives you the chance to make a local impact, build an international network, and make lifelong friends. You can also work alongside a startup company and help enhance their business while developing your entrepreneurial skills.

As well as gaining professional experience in either the fields of marketing and teaching, this program allows you to experience new cultures and develop your entrepreneurial skills.

Sign up here


Travel with us!

Drumheller, Miami, Latvia, New York, Niagara Falls, and India are just a handful of conference and event locations for 2018 and this year's budget has room to subsidize a lot of JCI member travel!

Which one of these event locations are you most interested in?

April 27-29 - Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa - JCI BC/Yukon Regional Convention - hosted by JCI Penticton

May 9 - 12 - Cotonou, Benin - 2018 JCI Africa & Middle East Conference

May 11 - 13 - Drumheller, Alberta - JCI Canada Prairie Regional Conference - hosted by JCI Calgary

May 24 - 27 - Kagoshima, Japan - 2018 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference

June 6 - 9 - Miami, USA - 2018 JCI Conference of the Americas 

Jun 19 - 22 - Riga, Latvia - 2018 JCI European Conference - hosted by JCI Latvia and the Riga Rooster

July 24 - 27 - New York, USA - 2018 Global Partnership Summit

Sep 13 - 15 - Niagara Falls, Ontario - 2018 JCI Canada National Conference

Oct 30 - Nov 3 - Goa, India - 2018 JCI World Congress

Registration for (almost) all conferences is now available on


Last Month Recap

Recap - IMPACT Training

On Feb 15 at JCI Impact, members learned to analyze perceived needs of their communities and perform needs analyses to drill down to the root cause and the level at which a JCI chapter could be most effective in performing a project.

The bulk of project ideas attempted to look at the massive topic of homelessness and how we could attempt to minimize it. From affordable housing to unstable households a variety of concepts were explored. I am optimistic that some projects will flow from the session!


Recap - Ronald McDonald House

On Feb 25, JCI members and friends went to Ronald McDonald House to cook for the 60 or so house guests as part of the Meals that Mend Program.

This adorable photo highlights how one of the house guests envisions good citizenship. With an attitude like this I can't wait to see them continue to be a young,active citizen with JCI one day!

The menu included making: BBQ chicken, potato salad, roast carrots, and a green salad. New menu suggestions for the next events are always welcome! Something fun to cook and with a decent amount of prep for 10 people to cook for 60 people is what we aim for.


Recap - February Social

JCI Edmonton and Groe Social invited members and non-members to get together over drinks and pizza to get to know each other a little bit.

I had a fantastic time catching up with people I haven't seen in a long time and even meeting new friends that come from JCI Syria!

Remember, the socials are the last Wednesday of every month. Keep an eye on Eventbrite or Facebook for the next location!


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