Friday, August 23, 2013

Corporate Canape - PR Brief August 2013

Corporate Canapé

Elaine Commissiong OD, founding member of the PRSJ, has been accepted in the Honour Society of the Order of Distinction (Officer Class), for her distinguished service to the field of public relations in Jamaica. 

Natalie Fearon is now the communications director at HEART Trust/NTA moving from the
National Environment and Protection Agency (NEPA).

Damian Wilks is now the Senior Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Justice. He was formerly with the Access to Information Unit.

Lisa Hogarth is the Integrated Marketing & Communications Manager for Guardian Holdings. She continues to be the Marketing Manager at Globe Insurance, a subsidiary of the Guardian Holdings Ltd.

Christin Senior has moved on from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

Kerry-Kay McCatty is now the Public Education Officer at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

PRSJ extends best wishes on the award and professional moves.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New PATH campaign aims to uplift morale of children

New PATH communications campaign aims to uplift morale of children

Dunstan Bryan
PATH Director

Project Director of the Programme for the Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Dunstan Bryan said that a communications campaign to help to stop the higher than acceptable drop-out rate of boys after Grade Nine is about to be launched.

Speaking to the Public Relations Society of Jamaica on May 28, Mr Bryan he said that the boys interviewed reported that the treatment that they received as PATH beneficiaries made them feel that school was not for them. He also noted that guidelines are now in place to assist school administrators to adopt best practices when they delivered PATH services. Among these services are meals in schools.

Noting that the goal of PATH as about breaking inter-generational poverty, Mr Bryan said, “What we get is a perverse message where the child is no longer sees PATH as a vehicle to attainment; but the child sees PATH as labelling him as poor, and because of poverty you don't deserve to be treated like everybody."

The “A School We Seh” campaign that will be launched features entertainers Tony Rebel, Romain Virgo and Miss Kitty reassuring the children that the way ahead was to stay in school, and use education to build a future out of poverty.

Mr Bryan also reinforced that PATH beneficiaries were expected to use the programme as a vehicle to attain their own financial independence.

Noting that PATH is a benefit to the society, Mr Bryan said, “People we are investing in now can make a positive investment in the economic environment in the future. If I did not make that investment now, the opportunity cost of the investment in that individual would be excessive.”


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Corporate Canape Recognition and Announcements

Business developments 

A steering committee facilitated by Jamcopy has been meeting towards forming a guild of writers for Jamaica

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is undergoing public consultations towards having a rating system for events. The consultations also touch on appropriate venues and a revised process for events that wish to go beyond 2AM.

The Jamaica Diaspora Conference will be from June 16-19 in Montego Bay. The discussions will also place very specific emphasis on further strengthening the Diaspora’s social investments and contribution to Health and Education

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The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) is hosting the Caribbean Electric Utility Service CorpCEO and Regional Communications conference in Kingston from May 27 to May 29. PRSJ Members Alison Christie Binger and Yvonne Grinham Nicholson are presenters.

Professional Movements
Mrs Trevesa Ashman is now the Regional Public Relations Coordinator, Sandals Resorts

Sasha-Gay Lewis is the communications contact for the Ministry of Youth and Culture

Ms Carlene Edwards was promoted to Sponsorship & Public Relations Manager at Supreme Ventures Limited

Mrs Pauline Stone Myrie is now with the Office of the Prime Minister

Janett Peters is acting as head of PR for the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development

Neville Graham has assumed the position of Director of Communication at the Ministry of Health

Sports industry professional, Carole Beckford, is the Special Assistant to the President of the West Indies Cricket Board and the President of the Business of Sport

Short Courses 


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Corporate Canapé - recognition and announcements

 Corporate Canapé
 Recognition and Announcements

Director of Development and Public Relations at the Institute of Jamaica is Durrant Pate

Carlene L Edwards has been promoted to Sponsorship and Public Relations Manager at Supreme Ventures

Clover Johnston is the General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum

Trevesa DaSilva Ashman will shortly demit her post at the Office of the Children’s Registry

The photo album, Our Golden Jubilee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) received the 2012-2013 Mercury Excellence Award bronze award in the photo album category for general audience. Mercury Excellence is an international awards programme for public relations

Public Relations practitioner Maia Chung of the Ministry of Agriculture  - Rural Agriculture Development Agency (RADA) will shortly launch her memoirs Maia's Journal: A Jamaican Mother's Journey with Autism

Past President, Janneth Mornan Green has launched her poetry anthology Crossings

Audrey Williams of the Jamaica Public Service has published her Kindle e-book Our Bad Dogs

Ann Margaret Lim of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade's anthology of poems Festival of Wild Orchid was shortlisted for the Bocas literary prize for poetry

Head of the Nortnern Caribbean University's Department of Communication Studies, Elaine Oxamendi Vicet, recently curated the Lignum Vitae Symposium and Film Festival called Show me the Ginger

Christopher Benjamin recently concluded PR arrangements for the commemoration of Earth Day by the Jamaica Environment Trust

Head of communications at Western Union, Patria Kay Aarons, executed the agency's annual Reading Week and is preparing for their debating competition

Dionne Rhoden and Simone Clarke Cooper are anchoring the 30th year of the participation of Grace Kennedy in the 30th Child Month activities of the Ministry of Youth and Culture

Maxine McDonnough and Marcia McDonnough of Touchstone Productions are preparing for the renewal of Jamaican Epicurean Escape food festival later this year

Grace Morrison recently executed another Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) 5K Walk Run on the Palisadoes Road with timekeeping by On Di Run

Marie Berbick Graham is now the Public Relations Manager at the Jamaica Information Service.

Director, Client Services, Communication and Information at Court Management Services, Sydian Brissett recently executed the awards ceremony for graduates of the etiquette course at the Family Court Attendance Centre of the Family Court.

PROComm recently executed the National Road Safety Council's recognition events around the visit of Prince Michael of Kent and the international road safety award that is named after him.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Opportunities - US Embassy, Early Childhood Commission

The PRSJ has been advised that there will be job openings soon in the following areas:

USA Embassy Kingston PR Office.
Popular practitioner and journalist, Fern Whyte, will shortly be pursuing higher education.

The Early Childhood Commission in the Oxford Mall, Downtown Kingston will be shortly screening applicants for the post that includes public relations.

Mr Meeckel Beecher will be closing his service with the Institute of Jamaica to join the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO).

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Live Trinidad TV discussion on PR solutions in Trinidad

The Public Relations Association of Trinidad and Tobago invites us to join them to watch a television programme Thursday morning, February 10, at 6:45 a.m. Jamaica (local) time on when Roy Mitchell, founder PRATT will be interviewed on the topic of Public Relations solutions to issues of public interest.