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The annual Nurse of the Year Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday July 24, as part of LASCO’s continued efforts to give back to Jamaica.
Group Managing Director of LASCO, Anthony Chang made the disclosure during a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held at the JIS headquarters in Kingston on July 12.
“What’s important for us at LASCO is not just our return on investment, but something that we call the return to Jamaica. That’s very important to us, because we are a Jamaican based company. We do have a whole host of corporate programmes such as the teacher, police, principal and nurse of the year, and this is very much part of how we do business,” he said.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Among other things, the function will recognise outstanding individuals for excellence in nursing and community service.
The recognition of the Nurse of the Year forms part of National Nurses Week, which will be observed from July 18 to 24 under the theme – ‘Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care’.
Activities for the week will include a church service at the Oracabessa New Testament Church in St. Mary, on July 18 at 9:00 a.m.; a prayer breakfast in observance of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Founder’s Day, at the Terra Nova Hotel on July 19 at 8:30 a.m.; and the Nurses’ Summer School at the Girl Guides Headquarters, which will take place over a two-day period, July 20-21.
According to Mr. Chang, the staging of the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year is of particular importance, since it’s an opportunity to give back to the communities in which LASCO trades and conducts business.
He said that the nurses, like the police and teachers, are the frontline workers who sometimes do not get enough attention.
“We consider those individuals patriotic Jamaicans. They are our key national workers and a lot of time these frontline individuals need to get some recognition. They continue to put out their best for the country and they are very important to Jamaica, so it is a part of our corporate social responsibility,” Mr. Chang explained.
LASCO was founded in 1988 and has since become synonymous with nutrition, great taste and affordability in the Caribbean and in Caribbean communities in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.