Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kathleen Johnson: Jamaica's PR trailblazer

Members of the PR fraternity are mourning one of our trailblazers, the insightful, dedicated Kathleen Johnson. Kathleen was a dynamic founding member of the PRSJ and a legend at Desnoes & Geddes Ltd. 

Later she started her own PR company KJ Associates and did yeoman's service for the Jamaica Society for the Blind. She was also a passionate supporter of Woman Inc.  Journalist Rowena Christene King has noted, "She was a PR stalwart and pioneer. She was a Founding Member of Woman Inc. She gave so much ... Eternal Rest Kathy." 

Kathleen inspired her younger colleagues - we noted her dignity, professionalism and forthright manner. She was a woman of high principles. We are grateful that Kathleen Johnson brought so much respect to the PR profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with her beloved family. 

May Her Beautiful Soul Rest in Peace.

- Jean Lowrie-Chin

Below is a tribute from the PR Society of Jamaica:

Dear Colleagues,
We pause to note the passing today, July 11, of Honorary Member of the PRSJ, Miss Kathleen Johnson, and express condolences to her family.

In her pioneering role as the first Public Relations Officer, promoted to Manager, at Desnoes and Geddes from 1968 - 1984, Miss Johnson was a business leader who was also a dedicated volunteer. 

On retirement, she ran her own boutique PR consultancy until a few years ago.

Kathleen was an exemplar of how to connect the related business streams of public relations, marketing, sponsorship management, media relations and community relations, thereby vaulting the role of business communicator into the corporate boardroom as well as staying relevant on the sports playing field  and  at the domino table. She is the recipient of the Prime Minister's Medal for Community Service in the Field of Sports.

Kathleen was the Founding Secretary when the PRSJ was formed in 1981, and she later served for more than 20 years as the Treasurer of the society. Her dedication helped to ensure that the PRSJ was financially viable as it undertook the nurturing of a generation of professional communicators. 

Kathleen's last contribution to the PRSJ was an article in the August 2013 edition of the society newsletter PR Brief. A link to that article is set out below. Do take a refreshing dip in her recollections.

Volunteerism, a great way of living.

"When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve." said Nobel Laureate Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms

We remember Kathleen as she communicates to us, her own farewell to arms.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Top 20 Jamaican 🇯🇲 High Schools

Congratulations to Jamaica's Top Twenty High Schools. As a Roman Catholic - represented by only 2 percent of Jamaica's population - I am delighted that 25 percent including the top two schools, was founded by our Church. 

As a Convent of Mercy 'Alpha' alumna, I am happy that my school is showing significant improvement - moving up from #18 to #15. 

NB - #1 Campion College's Principal, Grace Baston is a Convent of Mercy 'Alpha' alumna ☺️ - Ad Verum et Bonum! 

Campion College (100%)
2017 ranking: 1
2016 ranking: 2

Immaculate Conception High (99.9%)
2017 ranking: 2
2016 ranking: 1

Montego Bay High School for Girls (98.2%)
2017 ranking: 3
2016 ranking: 3

Westwood High (97.7%)
2017 ranking: 4
2016 ranking: 7

Hampton High (97.09%)
2017 ranking: 5
2016 ranking: 6

St Andrew High for Girls (97%)
2017 ranking: 6
2016 ranking: 11

Wolmer's Girls (96.9%)
2017 ranking: 7
2016 ranking: 4

St Hilda's Diocesan (96.7)
2017 ranking: 8
2016 ranking: 4

Mannings School (95.86%)
2017 ranking: 9
2016 ranking: 5

Wolmer's Boys (94.93%)
2017 ranking: 10
2016 ranking: 14

York Castle High (94.7%)
2017 ranking: 11
2016 ranking: 16

Glenmuir High (93.1%)
2017 ranking: 12
2016 ranking: 8

Belmont Academy (93%)
2017 ranking: 13
2016 ranking: 32

Ardenne High (92.4)
2017 ranking: 14
2016 ranking: 13

Covenant of Mercy Academy Alpha (92%)
2017 ranking: 15
2016 ranking: 18

Knox College (91%)
2017 ranking: 16
2016 ranking: 12

Bishop High School for Girls (90.8%)
2017 ranking: 17
2016 ranking: 10

Mount Alvernia High (90.49%)
2017 ranking: 18
2016 ranking: 15

Manchester High School (89.4%)
2017 ranking: 19
2016 ranking: 27

Holy Childhood High School (88.14%)
2017 ranking: 20
2016 ranking: 17

From May 2017 report in the Jamaica Gleaner

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

IWF Jamaica presents $1.4M to Women's Crisis Centre

Members of the International Women's Forum (IWF) Jamaica Chapter handed over J $1.4 million to Joyce Hewett (centre) of the Women's Crisis Centre to assist with the building of a housing facility for women fleeing domestic violence. Looking on are, from left (front row), Winsome Wilkins, Executive Director of United Way, Lisa Soares-Lewis; Jamaica IWF President Camille Facey, Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Angela Jones-Stewart, Founder, Woman Inc, Pat Ramsay the first President of IWF Jamaica, other IWF members. The funds were the proceeds of an IWF event held in March featuring Futurist Edie Weiner, which attracted a wide cross-section of Jamaican leaders.

The funds donated will be used for the refurbishment of a property, a transition home for women fleeing domestic abuse, a most worthy cause! 

Special thanks once again to the Edie Weiner Organising Committee: Lisa Soares-Lewis, Sharon Lake, Dr Marcia Forbes, Patsy Kelly, Minna Israel and Dana Dixon.  Gratitude also to the event's cash sponsors: Scotiabank, Ernst & Young , BPM Financial & JN Bank and in-kind sponsors: Phase 3 Productions, Sandals, Great People Solutions, JetBlue, Pegasus, C&W and JAA whose hard work, cold cash and in-kind contributions helped us to achieve this amazing result which will benefit  the less fortunate women of our country.