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JAAP Administrative Professional and Boss of the Year named

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer West writer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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KENT AVENUE, St James —Employees of Sandals Royal Plantation and the College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE) walked away with the coveted Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals' awards — Administrative Professional and Boss of the Year 2018, respectively.

Roxanne Brown, who is currently employed as executive administrative assistant to the general manager at Sandals Royal Plantation, Arnold Nugent; and Dr Amorella Lamont, who currently serves as acting head of educational studies at CASE, were both awarded following a competitive all-island judging competition on Sunday last.

Contestants in both categories were given administrative- and managerial- related questions to answer within a set time frame. This assessment process was held at the Sea Garden Beach Resort in Montego Bay, St James.

Brown, a St Ann native, holds a Master of Business Administration from Lincoln University and a bachelor's degree in media and communications from The University of the West Indies.

She expressed delight following the announcement that she was the association's administrative professional for 2018.

“I am elated. I feel blessed. I feel honoured that I will get this chance to take the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals to another level by making my contribution, by making my mark in the year 2018/2019,” she expressed.

“I do believe that as administrative professionals there needs to be more visibility of the work that we do and, of course, I will try to finish what my predecessor was trying to accomplish — the verification of administrative professionals,” stated Brown, who also wants to be an inspiration to especially women to look at their job as “more than a secretarial role, but a manager to your manager”.

Brown, who is a member of the St Ann chapter of the association, was nominated by her Sandals colleagues.

“I am a shy person; however, they did say that I am hard-working and that I represent my company well. I am organised and outgoing, which is needed for a person in my profession,” Brown told Observer West.

Dr Lamont, who also holds a PhD in English from the University of Reading (UK), an MSc and a BSc in English from The University of the West Indies, as well as a diploma in teaching and a certificate in supervisory management, also described herself as a shy person.

“It is a tremendous opportunity, but also a responsibility to represent this noble organisation, JAAP, wherever I go. And I am so motivated because I would normally consider myself a very shy person and, in fact, when the Portland chapter approached me to enter this competition, I was trying to back out... I thought about it and then I said I don't have anything to lose. Instead I will gain from the exposure,” expressed Dr Lamont, who added, “I am really thrilled and I am looking forward to an awesome year.”

She added that during her reign she will be promoting the organisation and its benefits to managers and other administrative professionals.

Merlinda Plummer, an administrative assistant at Northern Caribbean University, and Mark Barnett, president of the National Water Commission, placed second in the Administrative Professionals and Boss of the Year categories, respectively.

Sunday's competition formed part of activities leading up to the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals, celebrated simultaneously with Administrative Professionals in the Caribbean, Administrative Professionals Week 2018.

The week will be celebrated during the period April 22-28 under the theme: 'Caribbean Admins Working Together to Move Mountains'.

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