Sunday 8 December, 2019

Civil Service Week to focus on reshaping public image of the service

O'Neil Grant

O'Neil Grant

Civil Servants across the country will soon be engage in their annual week of activities with the hope that Jamaicans will gradually change the perceptions they have of the workers and the work being done in the public service.

According to President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, the entity is looking to expand the various programmes in place to produce a better view among regular Jamaicans of the operations of the public sector.

“We will have a number of activities to expose the public service to the wider country. This is an opportunity for those who have not interacted well with the public service, to do so this week.

“We hope for the expansion of the various programmes that will allow the average Jamaicans to walk into a public sector entity to see how we work and the conditions under which we as public officers work, to appreciate the service that we give to the country,” Grant said.

Civil Service Week will start on Friday with activities across eight days. The theme is ‘Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence’. It is the 28th year that Civil Service Week will be celebrated locally.

The week will kick off with the revamped the Civil Service of the Year Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Winners will be announced in three categories - managers, middle managers and technical personnel.

On Saturday, there will be the annual 5K run/walk, with the benefit this year being Women’s Incorporated.

On Sunday there will be the National Church Service, which will take place at Olson Church on Hope Road in St Andrew.

A wellness fair will be held on Monday, and on Tuesday, student representatives from five high schools will get an opportunity to tour public service offices to be exposed to careers choices in the sector.

On Thursday, there will be a long-service award, which will recognise individuals within the public sector who have done 25 years on the job. The awards are to be held at King’s House.

The preliminary round of quiz competitions and a domino tournament are slated for Thursday, with the finals taking place on Friday.

Meanwhile, Roxann Linton, Chief Executive Officer of First Heritage Credit Union (FHCU), the main sponsor for the week of activities, said the entity decided to join with the JSCA in an effort to show appreciation for the support that it has gotten from civil servants. Linton said the entity also wanted to help to energise the thrust towards a greater sense of pride about careers within the public sector.

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