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  • JCSA is to host two expositions on Tuesday, November 19, at Emancipation Park in Kingston, and on Friday, November 22, at the RADA complex at Catherine Hall, in St. James.
  • These form part of the activities to celebrate Civil Service Week 2013, which began on November 17.
  • A major highlight of Week is the selection of the Civil Servant of the Year, JIS Director, Ms. Enthrose Campbell.

The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) is to host two expositions on Tuesday, November 19, at Emancipation Park in Kingston, and on Friday, November 22, at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) complex at Catherine Hall, in St. James.

These form part of the activities to celebrate Civil Service Week 2013, which began on November 17 with a National Church Service at the Tarrant Baptist Church in Kingston.

A major highlight of Week is the selection of the Civil Servant of the Year, which has been bestowed on long-serving member of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ms. Enthrose Campbell, who is also the Director of Production at the agency.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’  on November 15, member of the Civil Service Week Steering Committee, Beverley Edwards, pointed out that the expositions will afford members of the public to get services done quickly by some Government  agencies, as well as to highlight other services offered to the public.

“The exposition in Emancipation Park will have over 60 government agencies and departments in the park showcasing their products and services to the public. Several agencies will be doing on-spot services, including the Registrar General’s department (RGD) and the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA),” she noted.

Miss Edwards said the exposition in St. James will be similar to the one in Kingston, with  persons  in western Jamaica being  exposed to the services  offered  by Government agencies in  that section of the island.

“Persons will be able to learn something and access services at their fingertips,” she added.

For her part, Miss Campbell told JIS News that she was pleasantly surprised at being selected and deemed it an honour.

“Honestly, I wasn’t looking for an award. I do my work, I like what I do, I thoroughly enjoy my job, so I didn’t think it necessary to award me for something I really enjoy. But now I have been awarded, I am really honoured,” she said.

The top civil servant has to take on a project and Miss Campbell said she will be working hard to change the public profile of public servants.  “I hope that I will be able to do something about that, because people need to see us as professionals,” Miss Campbell added.

Meanwhile, outgoing Civil Servant of the year for 2012, Senior Public Health Nurse in St. Mary, Beverley Davis-Samuels, said her project of creating a centre for abused children, was challenging but rewarding.

She encouraged the new Civil Servant of the Year to strive hard to make her goal a reality.

Some of the other events to highlight the week are a charity brunch in honour of the National Children’s Home, where the patron will be Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; a quiz for Secondary schools; and an after work Lyme, featuring a domino tournament, among others.