JIS News

Registrar of the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies in the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology, Norman Washington St. Aubyn Gordon, is Civil Servant of the Year.
The award was conferred on Mr. Gordon at the launch of Civil Service Week 2005 on Monday, (November 21) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Heroes’ Circle offices in Kingston.
Mr. Gordon was named Civil Servant of the Year after nine nominations were received from Ministries and Departments island wide. Though fewer nominations were made this year, Carol Royes, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for Civil Service Week 2005, singled out the Inland Revenue Department for its support.
“As we did last year we asked all Ministries and Departments to nominate a maximum of two persons for this award,” Mrs. Royes explained. “I would like to commend the Taxation Department as last year they nominated two persons and this year we had three nominations. I think they have been very supportive of this award and I would like to encourage other Ministries and departments to look among themselves and find employees who exemplify outstanding performance and other qualities,” she continued.
The judges this year felt that the standards were so high that they awarded first and second runners-up in addition to the winner and gave special awards of commendation to all nominees.
Speaking at the event Chief Personnel Officer of the Office of the Services Commission, Charles Jones stated “we are making awards in recognition of the work of Civil Servants who have over the years demonstrated outstanding performance, professionalism, commitment, sound values, positive attitudes and a willingness to give of their best in service to their country. It was agreed then that this would be an annual award during the celebration of civil service week.”
Former Deputy Financial Secretary, Rose Henry was acknowledged for being the first recipient of the Civil Servant of the Year award last. The GSB Credit Union was also recognized for agreeing to sponsor the awards again.
Minister of Development, Dr. Paul Robertson made the presentations to the winners while Financial Secretary, Colin Bullock presented the award of commendation for their contribution to national development to Maxine Gardiner of the Inland Revenue Department, (IRD) who was the first runner-up, and Jasmine Harris-Wallace of the IRD’s Brown’s Town office who was the second runner-up.
At the ceremony, Mr. Gordon was described as a ‘civil servant extraordinaire’ who possessed organizing abilities that got the job done. It was also noted that he was a very meticulous and methodical person whose ultimate goal was client satisfaction.
Speaking to JIS News after the awards ceremony an enthusiastic Mr. Gordon said, “It is truly a great feeling when one’s hard work has been recognized. I did not set out to work for the award. I just wanted to provide quality service to my internal and external clients to make a positive difference in the lives of the people that depend on my technical knowledge and advice.”
Other special awards were presented by State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Fitz Jackson to Suzette Price of the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology for commitment and dedication.
Special commendation for consistently high performance went to Aaron Higgins of the Tax Administration Services Department, while Diana Richards of the Jamaica Archives’ Records Department, and JoAnn Archibald of the Information Division of the Office of the Prime Minister both received awards for outstanding job performance.
Martin Townsend and Tamara Moore of the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology, both received awards for their contribution to the development of Science and Technology.

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