The time has chosen us.
We, members of JCI Hong Kong, together with our partners and friends, are passing through a period of challenging test due to the pandemic since last year. It is a test of our determination—of our courage—of our wisdom—of our perseverance.
The pandemic has shaken the nature of our life to its core. While many people in Hong Kong are anxiously awaiting a return to normal, I am deeply touched by the adaptiveness of my fellow members and that they have been doing everything they can to make things happen in the “new normal”. And yet, uncertainty might stay with us for many more months and all of us have to face the challenge of guiding our members through uncertainty.
Since I was a kid, I learnt that things in life would not always run smoothly. Very often we would be rising towards the heights—then all would seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of mankind development itself is forever upward; that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the valleys across the years always has an upward trend. All we need is faith, to believe that we can overcome and everything will be alright.
"Empowered Leaders Empower Leaders" is the theme of JCI Hong Kong this year. Not only do we have to believe that we can do it, it is equally important to help people around us to believe that they can do it. This is what empowerment is all about—believing in others more than they believe in themselves.
As JCI members, we are globally minded young people with rights, responsibilities and shared goals. We find targeted solutions to local issues benefitting our communities, our world and our future. By embracing new ideas, collaboration and diversity, we are empowered to address the most critical challenges of our time with passion and courage.
In 2021, let us be empowered leaders to empower leaders and together, we would create great moments from hard times.
Senator Winnie Yeung
2021 National President