Being a leader is about how you can inspire, connect and create change. Leadership is born from positive traits such as honesty, integrity, compassion, unselfishness and sense of self. – Maria Villasin Nucum
By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Efforts to clean up the ocean and rivers had been named as the most valuable of all the community undertakings in 2019 by a state-wide organization of professionals and youth.
The Junior Chamber Inc. – New Jersey, on its first virtual year-end and induction ceremonies on July 18, 2020 recognized projects of its members in 2019, and acknowledged that environmental protection and preservation activities as the most impactful.
Outgoing JCI-NJ president Maria Villasin Nucum awarded a total of 11 projects for 2019, two of which were in response to the global call for environmental protection. The ‘best local peace project’ was the clean-up for peace led by Joyce Andes-David and the ‘most outstanding youth project’ which was also a clean-up drive by the JCI NJ Youth at Raritan Bay in South Amboy, NJ on September 21, 2019.
Environmental clean-ups were part of JCI’s effort to realize the sustainable development goals espoused by the United Nations. “I’d say that the local peace projects created more impact and inspiration for it also won the national award,” said Nucum.
In her watch, projects ranging from river and clean-ups to decorating a shelter building characterize the JCI-NJ outreach program. It also conducted financial wellness seminars and supported health-related ones, such as the health fundraiser for OSM! Online Magazine digital editor Nikki Auxilio who was diagnosed with colon cancer.
JCI is a global volunteer organization which is an advocate of and training ground for future leaders. For 2020, Nucum passed the baton to newly elected president Stevenson Van Derodar and his team of officers. Derodar will serve for a year with a guiding theme of one vision, one impact, one future.
Nucum said that after her term, she will still be very involved with JCI. “It is something I like my kids to stay in as it’s an organization that will add and help in their leadership development. I’d like them to be aware and stay involved with the community,” she quipped. #