THE EDITOR, Madam:
Many Jamaicans are familiar with the voice of Jean Seaga Anderson, founder of Global Travel Service in Mandeville, who often calls the varied Jamaican radio talk shows. In one of her discussions with Cliff Hughes, she shared her internal struggle that often faces senior citizens; that is, to be uprooted from a place of endearment to move elsewhere.
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, both past and current staff members of Global Travel Service hosted an intimate surprise luncheon to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Anderson, and to wish her bon voyage.
Anderson, while giving over 67 years of service to the travel and tourism sector, has consistently demonstrated an undivided commitment to Jamaica and, in particular, the development of the parish of Manchester. She faithfully served (the parish) as a justice of the peace since her appointment in 1964, having been recognised as someone possessing a highly developed social conscience.
As a trailblazer who never thought of her gender as an obstacle, she served as the first female president of the Lay Magistrates Association; and, as a visionary, was also a founding member of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, serving in several capacities within that organisation, including as president.
Most persons are unaware of her support for quality education for all, or that she served on numerous school boards within the parish, including Manchester High school, and was instrumental in the formation of Belair Preparatory and High schools.
Anderson has been a committed businesswoman through the founding of Global Travel Service, since 1974, thereby gaining respect, recognition and the confidence of rural travellers. Her Mandeville office was the first to introduce state-of-the art airline computer and ticketing systems, which put the agency on par with services offered in large cities, both locally and abroad.
In a citation read on the occasion, reference were made to “these remarkable achievements which are but a drop in the bucket of goodwill, service and courage; fuelled by the strength of womanhood, motherly love and a deep desire for empowering others, earned her numerous awards, including the Golden Tourism Award, and a Commander of Distinction (CD) from the Government of Jamaica”.
The citation ended with these potent words:
“We, both current and past employees of Global Travel Service, recognise and applaud your tenacity to stand above all others as a woman who ignored the proverbial glass ceiling in the halls of service to all people.”
Technology has removed the distance between managers and employees. Anderson, in her reply, reminded her staff that she would only be a “FaceTime” away, as they continue to serve the people of Manchester.
DUDLEY MCLEAN, II
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