On Sunday, 2015 April 12, the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals (JAAP) selected the All-Island Administrative Professional and All-Island Boss of the Year at a Brunch held at the Mandeville Hotel, 4 Hotel Street, Mandeville, Manchester. The Guest Speaker was Reverend Garfield Wilson, Senior Pastor, Lacovia New Testament Church of God, St. Elizabeth.
The Competition is a precursor to Administrative Professionals Week to be celebrated during the period 2015 April 19-25 under the theme, "Administrative Professionals...Empowered to be The One". Ten (10) participants from five (5) parishes entered this prestigious event.
The administrative professionals were asked to speak impromptu for three minutes on the topic, 'The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication and clear communication is necessary for administrative success. What are your views?"
The bosses also spoke impromptu for five minutes on the topic, "China's 'incursion' in the region and effect on the geopolitics of the region and Latin America is a recent feature in the development of these countries. The President of the United States of America suggested that this involvement needs to be looked at keenly. What are your views on his response?"
The Competition was keenly contested with excellent presentations provided by all. The presentations by the bosses were very substantial and may have been the reason why the judges deliberated for a very long time. The chief judge was Mrs. Vivien Morris Brown
Parish Manager, JCDC - Manchester. She was supported by Ms. Bobsie Levy, Capability Development Specialist, Scheduled Programme & Delivery & Administration, MIND and Mr. Robert Green, Director/Principal, Ebony Park Academy.
From L-R, Davon Crump, Past President of MBCCI , Sonia Clarke Bowen, First Vice President of MBCCI, Gloria Henry, Life Member - JAAP, Claudia Jackson, National President - JAAP and Sylvia Answer, Immediate Past President - JAAP hand over a cheque valued at US$20,869.00 to Everton Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Fund and Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, representing money raised by the JAAP towards the purchase of two LINAC machines to be placed at public hospitals in the island.
National President Claudia (left) receiving the Instrument of Authority from National Immediate Past President Sylvia Answer.
Claudia L. Jackson, BSc., CAP was on Saturday, 2014 October 04 installed as the 19th National President of the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals (JAAP) which celebrates its 45th year of existence. She received the Instrument of Authority at a very glamorous and entertaining Awards Banquet which culminated the Annual Convention and Education Forum held 2014 October 02-05 at the Hilton Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James. The Guest Speaker was the Honourable Lascelles Chin, OJ, CD.
Claudia joined the JAAP - St. Ann Chapter in 1989. Over the years she actively participated in the affairs of the Chapter, progressed through the ranks and served as Rules and By-Laws Chair, Civic Committee Chair, Membership Chair, Professional Secretaries Week Chair, Education/Future Secretaries Chair, Programme & Entertainment/Ways & Means Chair, Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President. She served as President of the Chapter during the period 1993 - 1995.
In 1997 Claudia became the first member from the St. Ann Chapter to hold a position on the National Executive of the Association and has never looked back since. She has held various positions such as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Legal Counsel, Treasurer, Second Vice President and First Vice President.
JAAP joined administrative professionals in the Caribbean to observe Administrative Professionals Week from April 20 - 26, 2014 under the theme "Administrative Professionals Igniting Change".
As a precursor to celebrating the Week, administrative professionals from all chapters converged at Cardiff Hall Hotel in Runaway Bay, St. Ann on Sunday, April 13, 2014, to witness the All Island Administrative Professional and Boss of the Year Competitions. At the end of the proceedings Ms. Stacy-Ann Gray emerged All Island Administrative Professional and Mr. Jairzenho Bailey, All Island Boss of the Year.