Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
PASSLEY GARDENS, Portland:MAJOR JOHNATHAN Lamey is a disciplinarian, educator, and environmentalist who strives for perfection.
His long-standing involvement as a member of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force has propelled him into the officer corps. From the days of attending Holmwood Technical High School in 1971 - where he first joined the cadet force, which shortly afterwards resulted in him securing a trip to Canada alongside his then squad mate, former commissioner of police Rear Admiral Hardly Lewin - Lamey was determined to learn and adopt good qualities such as discipline.
"I have since moved up the ladder. I have moved up the ranks from the regular cadet force into the officer corps as a commissioned officer. The cadet force instils holistic development, which teaches you to observe time management, respect national symbols, know one's responsibility as citizen, and respect the sacrifice made by others to make and shape this country," he told The Gleaner.
Lamey was given the Medal of Honour for efficient service in the cadet force at King's House recently, and since then, he has been promoted and is now second in command of the Third Battalion with responsibility for Portland, St Mary, and St Ann.
But while Lamey is excited about the cadet force, his professional career as an educator at the College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE) at Passley Gardens in Portland is his calling and passion. He is vice-president in charge of academic programmes. Lamey joined the CASE (Passley Gardens Agriculture School) family in 1980. His first senior role at CASE was as dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. As vice-president, he manages all academic programmes; supervises the deans of discipline (agriculture, science, and education); supervises international programmes; and also supervises admissions and records.
"I have to ensure that CASE is following the standards of accreditation, ensure that the curricula are OK, ensure that CASE's external exam system is intact, ensure that the evaluation of staff is also intact, and in addition, ensure that the tools that the academic people need are intact so that they can do a good job."
Lamey, who works closely with acting president, Dr Mary Nichols, is excited that the true potential of CASE is now being unearthed. He indicated that the college is on the path to acquiring university status.