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  • Mrs. Davidson, who is employed as Special Projects Manager at the JIS, unanimously copped the inaugural title from among 11 other nominees.
  • Mrs. Davidson had nominated her Special Projects Officer for the award and had no idea that someone had nominated her.
  • All staff members of JIS were asked to select the person who they thought was most suitable to represent the agency.

Hardworking, service oriented and a team player, are just some of the qualities attributed to Andrine Davidson, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Employee of Choice for 2013.

Mrs. Davidson, who is employed as Special Projects Manager at the JIS, unanimously copped the inaugural title from among 11 other nominees, in a year when the agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary of being the information arm of the Government of Jamaica.

When the announcement was made at the agency’s Christmas Soiree on December 21 at the New Kingston Conference Centre, Mrs. Davidson was surprised.  She explained that she was flattered by the nomination and stunned by the final selection.  She had in fact nominated her Special Projects Officer for the award and had no idea that someone had nominated her.

“It really caught me off guard. I had actually been asked to work on the citations of the retirees for a feature to be shown at the function, and to ensure that the guests who came in were comfortable and I was really caught up with the task at hand,” said a smiling Mrs. Davidson.

“It’s good to know that the people with whom you work are pleased with the quality of your output and have confidence in your ability to represent the agency. I come to work every day with a resolve to be of help and not a hindrance to my colleagues, and that’s what generally moderates my attitude to the job,” she continued.

All staff members of JIS were asked to select the person who they thought was most suitable to represent the agency. The individual had to be service oriented; show initiative and drive; be helpful; is a high performer; demonstrate teamwork and high levels of interpersonal skills; be professional in appearance; and record a high level of attendance and punctuality.  Mrs. Davidson scored high marks on all counts.

“No challenge causes this person to wilt. Rather, to get the job done, this Employee of Choice reaches out to engage the team, which can be drawn from any department across the agency.  Colleagues enjoy working with her and there is great camaraderie on every assignment as the JIS brand is showcased by professionalism with affability,” reads the citation to Mrs. Davidson.

She is described by her peers as a superb ambassador for the JIS, and has received commendation from Jamaicans from all walks of life as she carries out her duties. She has also contributed significantly to the agency’s revenue performance and brand building projects.

Now on a high from taking the agency’s top prize in 2013, the affable Mrs. Davidson is looking to what the New Year brings. “There are targets to meet and new projects to undertake, many of which have very steep deadlines.  But, we in Special Projects will do our best to get the job done,” she said.

Mrs. Davidson became a member of the JIS team in May 2011 as a Web Content Writer and was later promoted to Special Projects Manager. She has contributed to the realization of several projects for the agency, receiving commendation for her role.  A little over a year after joining the agency she made such an impact that she was named runner-up for Employee of the Quarter.

A former executive member of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), Mrs. Davidson is regarded as a true asset to the JIS, resulting in her being awarded the inaugural Employee of Choice.

Writer/Producer/Presenter in the Radio Department, Vaughn Davis, copped the runner-up award. Quiet and unassuming, Mr. Davis was hailed for his innovation, dedication, drive and persistence in his approach to the job.

The agency also honoured retirees, George Jude, Horace Morgan, Errol Smith, Everton Hibbert, Douglas Wilson, Joy Clarke and Ludel Arthur at the event.