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  • Ms. Campbell, who has served the JIS for 18 years and is the current Director of Production, topped a field of four.
  • The citation further noted that: “Her worthiness as Civil Servant of the Year 2013 is characterised by her service to community".
  • She thanked the members of staff of the JIS for their support and encouragement over the years.

It was a proud moment for long serving employee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Angella Campbell, when she was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, on Friday, November 15.

Ms. Campbell, who has served the JIS for 18 years and is the current Director of Production, topped a field of four, to be announced winner at the official launch of Civil Service Week 2013, at the Bank of Jamaica auditorium, in Downtown Kingston.

“Her colleagues testify of her commitment and zest. She is a true beacon of determination to enhance and transform anything she touches. She is a role model, an educator and dedicated work leader. Professionalism is her hallmark and she excels at tasks with pride and zealousness. Her work is her testimony…. She is truly a nation builder, a reliable worker and a team builder in her own right,” said Maxien Davis, General Manager, Customer Service and Sales at First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union, as she read the citation.

The citation further noted that: “Her worthiness as Civil Servant of the Year 2013 is characterised by her service to community, outstanding service to education and to the Government of Jamaica.”

Speaking to JIS News, Ms. Campbell expressed delight at winning the award.  “I am happy to have received the award. I am happy to be rewarded for doing my job. If you can do your job and like it, that I think is sufficient reward, but when an Association  awards you and when your colleagues can put you forward as someone who they think deserves this award, I tell you that this for me is a proud moment,” Ms. Campbell said.

She thanked the members of staff of the JIS for their support and encouragement over the years.

The other nominees were Director, Corporate Planning and Performance Monitoring at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dawn Elizabeth Ann Smith; Acting Director, Human Resource Development, Accountant General’s Department, Yvette Alexia Harriott; and Director of Transport Policy Unit (Land, Air and Maritime), Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Valerie Anne Simpson.

Addressing the function, Minister without Portfolio, Public Service Establishment Division, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, noted that civil servants had an important role to play in the transformation of the public service.

He pointed out that critical to the transformation is the task to make Jamaica a place to do business and be competitive. “You are the ones who have that burden on your shoulder, given strong and clear directions from the government,” he added.

“We are not short of technical skills in the service. We are not short of competence in the service, but we need to step to the next level and be focused to make Jamaica more competitive,” he challenged.

He thanked the civil servants for supporting the government through their signing off on the collective bargaining during the period of economic restraint with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Guest Speaker, Chief Executive Officer of MegaMart and Basho Group, Gassan Azan, also spoke to the need to tackle the framework of doing business in Jamaica.

He noted that given the tight fiscal space within which the government works, the role of the public servant is critical in making every dollar count.

Mr. Azan offered five practical suggestions to improve the efficiency and productivity of public sector workers, notwithstanding the lack of resources facing the country.

These include: ‘Don’t give the civil servant a basket to carry water’; ‘Prioritize the need for good customer service through training’; ‘Make sure the civil servants are safe’; ‘Listen to the civil servants on the frontline’; and ‘Evaluate performance’.

Civil Service Week 2013 is being celebrated from November 17 to 22.  The National Church Service will be held on Sunday, November 17, at the Tarrant Baptist Church; Charity Walk on November 18; Exposition in the Park, November 19; Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards on November 20; Ministries’ In House Activities and JCSA Secondary School Quiz Competition on November 21; and on November 22, Brain Games and Afterwork Lyme on the roof top of the National Housing Trust car park.