Ilsa DuVerney, chairman and chief executive officer of Caribbean Centre for Organization Development Excellence Limited (Cari-Code) and distinguished past student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha), recently copped the prestigious Alumnae Association's Woman of Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in the field of human resource development. Ilsa also met the association's criteria for selfless service to her alma mater and to the wider community.
Ilsa, resplendent in an exquisite black-laced, two-piece suit with gold threading accentuated with a fabulous gold necklace and dangling earrings to match, was greeted with loud cheers from her peers, associates, family and friends, as she entered the Grande Jamaica Suite of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. She was also surprised by long-time schoolmates who flew into the island, just for her special day.
The citation, read by Sister Donna Lowe Chin, recalled Ilsa's entry into the gates of the Convent of Mercy Academy at the tender age of 12 where the sisters of mercy made an immediate impression on her.
Ilsa's lasting admiration for the sisters drew her to become an associate of the sisters of mercy and she is the current local coordinator of the associate group, where she continues to assist women at risk.
In her professional life, Ilsa holds degrees from the University of the West Indies (BA - 1985) Communication and Social Sciences, and the University of Cincinnati and National Training Laboratories(NTL); Institute for Applied Behavioral Science (MA - 1995) Psychology and Human Resources Development. She conducts workshops with a precision that could only be born out of 25 years of human resource and development training.
Her accomplishments are many in the field of human resource development, having served as an adjunct instructor/lecturer at the University of the West Indies and the College of Arts, Science and Technology (now the University of Technology), the Institute of Management and Production, the Jamaica Institute of Management and JAMPRO (Jamaica Trade & Invest). As a certified work team coach, she has conducted several workshops for educators and trainers, and has been given an award for creating opportunities in HRD by the University of Cincinnati and NTL - bringing the first HRD master's programme to the Caribbean.
Ilsa is the proud recipient of the JATAD - Jamaica Association for Training and Development Pioneer Outstanding Contribution Award. A stickler for details, she was moved to establish the Jamaica Customer Service Association in 2001 and is the current chairman of the board. She has also served on many other boards such as the Stony Hill Heart Academy, Convent of Mercy Academy 'Alpha' and serves on the board of the Church's Co-operative Credit Union. Ilsa also wrote on matters concerning HRD for The Gleaner.
Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by renowned Trumpeter Mickey Hanson and keyboardist Othneil Lewis. Vocalist Judi Emanuel brought the house down with her exquisite renditions of songs which serenaded the audience.
Other Awards for the night went to two Students of Excellence, Zoan Grandison and April Weise and the Teacher of Excellence Award to Sydney Reid.