Multi-Award Winner in 2017 – What and Why

Multi-Award Winner in 2017 – What and Why

November 28, 2017 9:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As mentioned in our Press Release, JCI Cambridge won the following awards at the annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) UK National Convention that took place in Southampton on the 25th of November 2017:

  • “Best Local Community Empowerment Program” for the Deaf Awareness Program

  • “Best Local Growth & Development Program” for the Micro-volunteering Program

  • “Most Outstanding Leader” awarded to Naily Makangu (JCI Cambridge President)

  • “Best Trainer” awarded to Naily Makangu

  • “Most Outstanding New Member – Certificate of Merit” awarded to Niall Eastwood (JCI Cambridge Deputy President)


Here is more information on what we did and why we won the awards.


“Best Local Community Empowerment Program” – Deaf Awareness Program

This was an innovative program, unique in its kind in the history of JCI UK and earned JCI Cambridge the “Best Local Community Empowerment Program” award for 2017. The purpose of this program was to raise awareness of those who are hearing impaired. We organised a “Quiz with a Twist” during the UK wide Deaf Awareness Week with authentic rounds such as lip reading, charades, and a true or false awareness fact round. We also provided opportunities for inclusion and personal development to deaf professionals by having  British Sign Language interpreters at our “Building Confidence” training evening.

More than 60 people took part in and benefited from this program. Overall the program raised over £800 for local deaf charities. 


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“Best Local Growth & Development Program” – Micro-volunteering Program

Recognising the fact that time is often a barrier to volunteering, JCI Cambridge ran a Micro-volunteering Program to empower young professionals to take ownership of their careers, hone their skills and make an impact in their community by taking part in short assignments that fit with their busy schedules. Many people had an opportunity to develop leadership, team working and project management skills for the first time by running projects such as the Musical Bingo event, the Film Week and the Christmas and Awards Dinner. Others got out of their comfort zone and learned to negotiate deals to support projects, or volunteered their time and skills by designing logos, promotional materials, writing blogs, designing marketing campaigns and more.

The skills developed through volunteering with JCI are transferable to the workplace and many members have taken more prominent positions at work or successfully taken up new roles. This programme involved 90% of our members and various non-members who subsequently decided to join JCI Cambridge;  the program led to a 60% increase in our membership and to JCI Cambridge receiving the “Best Local Growth & Development Program” award for 2017.



Most Outstanding New Member Certificate of Merit – Niall Eastwood

This was awarded to Niall Eastwood who joined JCI Cambridge in January 2017. Since joining, Niall has taken a prominent role in helping shape the vision of JCI Cambridge, working closely with the President and being involved in numerous projects. Niall initiated and managed our successful “Business Books & Beers Club” and worked closely with local charities to organise a personal development workshop that was accessible to hearing and non-hearing individuals. Niall has developed his leadership skills and confidence throughout 2017 and is now ready to take the role of JCI Cambridge President in 2018. Blog » niallEastwood.jpg



Best Trainer and Most Outstanding Leader – Naily Makangu

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Naily Makangu’s passion for training and encouraging her peers to develop their skills has won her the “Best Trainer” award for 2017. In addition to her duties as JCI Cambridge President, Naily was the lead trainer at the national leadership academy this year. Her constant energy, attention to detail,  sense of humour, management and organisational skills and her desire to create a memorable experience for delegates, were all appreciated by the delegates and the training team alike. Having already received the personal thanks of all 21 delegates who attended the academy, Naily is delighted to receive the “Best Trainer” award as further recognition of her commitment to helping her peers develop themselves.


Naily Makangu’s contribution this year was further recognised as the “Most Outstanding Leader” in JCI UK in 2017. Naily is passionate about empowering her team, friends and her community. She has made a tremendous impact not only in JCI Cambridge, but also to members throughout the country. Naily is inspirational; she is a great leader, a mentor and a friend.  She has helped many members unlock their potential and encouraged them to believe in themselves. This has enabled her members to flourish and achieve what they once thought was out of their reach: organising large events,leading a team for the first time or putting themselves forward at public speaking competitions, to name but a few examples.

Naily’s can-do attitude has seen the resurgence of JCI Cambridge over the course of 2017. Membership of the chamber has more than doubled, and our local profile in the press and the community increased as a result of Naily’s initiative and her support for causes such as “Deaf Awareness” and the “Peace is Possible” campaign. Naily has been an outstanding leader for JCI Cambridge, as evidenced by our receiving five awards at the National Convention; a fitting tribute to Naily and all her stellar work in 2017.


The convention is now over. The curtains are coming down on 2017. Our spirits are high and we are excited about what 2018 has in store for you.


“All members involved in those projects have experienced tremendous personal and professional growth, learnt skills that will help further their careers. If you would like to take on a similar journey in 2018, then please join this Multi-Award winning organisation. Your problem becomes our problem. Together, we will support your personal and professional development journey whilst also making an impact in our community.” – Naily Makangu (JCI Cambridge President  and Most Oustanding Leader 2017)


Please email [email protected] to find out more about us, how you can get involved and how you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others.



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