Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals
DEDICATED TO PROFESSIONALISM
CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS THE LOUNGE
The Association is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit organization. The Kingston Chapter of the Association was formed on 1969 October 04 with 13 members. The Association became affiliated to the National Secretaries Association [now known as International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)] on 1970 June 06. Other Chapters formed since then are:
St. James - 1973
St. Ann - 1975 (November)
Manchester - 1978 (November)
St. Elizabeth - 1981 (now dormant)
Portland - 1994 October 02
Clarendon - 1995 October 07
Westmoreland - 2003 March 22
Each Chapter has an Executive Committee, comprising President, Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer and Chairmen of Standing Committees who are all elected at an Annual General Meeting. The Immediate Past President is retained as a member of the Executive.
The National Executive (formed in Mandeville on 1985 February 23) is the umbrella organization under which all Chapters fall, and comprises President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Legal Counsel and Public Relations Officer who are elected at the Annual Convention. The Immediate Past President is retained as a member of the National Executive.
The prime objectives of JAAP are:
a) Continuing education,
The upliftment of Secretaries and
c) The elevation of standards of the profession.
The Association has achieved a number of milestones and some of these are:
Honorary Member, Mrs. Inez Blake became the first Jamaican Secretary to attain the CPS rating.
1988 July 21
The inauguration of the Caribbean Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals (CASAP), then known as Caribbean Association of Professional Secretaries (CAPS). The inauguration took place in Antigua and ten countries in the region including Jamaica became members.
First Local Convention open to Secretaries islandwide, held at the then Ramada Mallards Beach Resort in Ocho Rios (now Jamaica Grande). This has now become an annual event.
1992 November 06
The then JPSA became the Jamaica Professional Secretaries Association Limited, a company limited by guarantee. That milestone opened the door for a brighter future for the Association.
1995 October 06 to 08
International President of IAAP, Betty Kidd and CASAP Territorial Representative, Flavia Cherry of St. Lucia were special guests of the Association at the Local Convention.
At the IAAP Convention in Des Moines, Jamaica ranked third in the world with the highest number of Professional Secretaries attaining the designation of Certified Professional Secretary (CPS)
1999 October 30
Jamaica Professional Secretaries Association (JPSA) changed its name to the Jamaica Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals (JASAP). That momentous occasion took place at the Associationís 8th Annual Convention and Education Forum at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande.
Westmoreland Chapter was officially conferred with Chapter status.
Life Member Ava Lee was elected to serve as Affiliate Representative on the IAAP Board for the year 2003/04.
Ava Lee became the first person form the region to be elected International Affiliate Representative at the IAAP Convention.
IPP Doreen James was invited to be one of two persons from the Caribbean to sit on the International Advisory Committee, which was established to spearhead the 2009 International Office Professional Summit in Trinidad & Tobago.
Membership in the Association gives all Office Professionals the opportunity to:
1) Become a better Office Professional through your own educational, professional and personal development.
2) Develop oneís initiative, organizational and leadership abilities by participating in the various projects of the Association.
3) Work with other Office Professionals in the programme to raise the standards of Secretarial performance.
4) Assure management that more capable Office Professionals are being developed through the influence of the JAAP.
5) Assist those who are beginning their Secretarial careers and those studying for the profession.
6) Be a part of a group that renders service to their community.