Jamaica has lost one of its finest communication professionals with the passing of Corina Meeks, a former Executive Director of the Agency for Public Information (API), now the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), who died on Thursday night, May 30.
The Advisory Board, Management and Staff of the JIS express deep sadness at the passing of Mrs. Meeks, who made a significant contribution at the helm of the agency from February 03, 1977 to November 04, 1980.
Mrs. Meeks is remembered as a consummate communications practitioner who always insisted on the highest standards of professional conduct and probity. Known for her ready smile and compassionate heart, she engendered a strong sense of loyalty among employees.
Actively involved in the field of communications and public relations for more than four decades, Mrs. Meeks managed her own communications agency, Creative Projects, after 1980 and worked for some of the leading corporate entities in Jamaica.
Highly respected for her advice and counsel, she designed and implemented many successful communication campaigns. She worked with various governments and was the force behind the highly successful 1969 public education campaign to promote the country’s change from Pounds, Shillings and Pence to Dollars and Cents. This was known as the Decimalization Conversion Programme.
In 1972 she became Special Assistant to then Prime Minister Michael Manley, a position she held until 1977 when she took over the reins of the API.
Mrs. Meeks always had a passion for public service. She served on a number of Government Boards and Committees, including the National Energy Advisory Council and the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.
Originally from our sister Caribbean State, Trinidad and Tobago, she made Jamaica her home many years ago, and made a significant contribution to the country’s development.
Corina Meeks has left a legacy of professionalism, patriotism and excellence that will long be remembered. The JIS extends condolences to members of her personal and professional family.