• Feature
    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (sixth left); Deputy Chair of the Economic Growth Council, Ambassador Nigel Clarke ( left); and Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Jacqueline Lynch Stewart (right), share a photo opportunity with Jamaica House Fellows, during the official launch and pinning ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, March 8. The Fellows (from second left) are Mark Tracey, Andrae Shawn Silburn, Aubrey Stewart, Sherona Forrester, Karelle Samuda, Christopher Graham and Lavois Cruikshank. Missing is the eighth awardee, Jerome Cowans. The Fellows will serve in Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the public sector for two years.
    Photo: Contributed

    Story Highlights

    • Participants of the 2017/19 Jamaica House Fellowship Programme (JHFP) are encouraging highly motivated young professionals to submit their application for this year.
    • The lives of Mark Tracey, Karelle Samuda and Lavois Cruickshank have been changed after serving as Jamaica House Fellows. The trio, along with five others were officially pinned as the first cohort of fellows by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on March 8, 2017.
    • The two year programme is designed to provide young professionals with an opportunity to be closely involved in the country’s policy and development processes. It seeks to empower individuals, through hands on training and experience in public policy decision making, to contribute to the development of the country.

    Participants of the 2017/19 Jamaica House Fellowship Programme (JHFP) are encouraging highly motivated young professionals to submit their application for this year.

    The lives of Mark Tracey, Karelle Samuda and Lavois Cruickshank have been changed after serving as Jamaica House Fellows. The trio, along with five others were officially pinned as the first cohort of fellows by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on March 8, 2017.

    The two year programme is designed to provide young professionals with an opportunity to be closely involved in the country’s policy and development processes. It seeks to empower individuals, through hands on training and experience in public policy decision making, to contribute to the development of the country.

    Passion and dedication are two attributes lead fellow, Mark Tracey says, will allow applicants to perform well.

    “You have to ensure that your passion is there for overall country growth. This must be aligned with your long term desires for personal and professional development”, Mr. Tracey tells JIS News.

    2017/19 Jamaica House Fellow, Mark Tracey

     

    As lead fellow, Tracey manages and ensures that the fellows are able to achieve key performance indicators on special policy and development driven projects to which they are assigned. This he does by maintaining communication, delegating tasks and assisting the other fellows in their transition into the corporate world.

    He urges future fellows to, “be a team player and demonstrate their flexibility and agility in adapting to challenges that will come their way.”

    Mr. Tracey says it has been an honour working closely with Government officials such as the Minister of Finance and Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.

    Karelle Samuda submitted her application to the programme in 2017 while completing the dissertation for her PhD. in Washington DC.

    2017/19 Jamaica House Fellow, Dr. Karelle Samuda

     

    She highlights how accommodating the fellowship planning team was throughout her application process.

    She reiterates Mr. Tracey’s view of gaining personal and professional growth through the programme and encourages applicants to use the opportunity to hone their skills.

    “Put your best foot forward and know that every skill set you have can be used in whatever capacity you are asked to serve. Never be afraid of a challenge and see them as opportunities to unlock a new version of yourself” says Samuda.

    Sharing her sentiments, Lavois Cruickshank, one of the youngest fellows, notes that the programme has aided in the development of his self – confidence.

    2017/19 Jamaica House Fellow, Lavois Cruickshank

     

    He recalls instances where he doubted his abilities as he was among more accomplished participants.

    “You have to put yourself out there and be confident in your abilities. The only way to achieve this is by facing challenges head on…and trust that the process will take you to heights deemed unimaginable”, he expresses.

    This year’s application process opened on March 26 and will close on May 26. Successful participants will take up full time employment within three months of being selected.

    Fellows are expected to apply what they have learnt throughout their service towards becoming even greater leaders in their chosen fields and their communities.

    The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme is geared towards actively engaging citizens in achieving the Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.