After 14 years of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, Communication Director, Nigel Coke, was shocked, when his leaders surprised him, at his own spearheaded event – Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference, with an award, for excellence in the area of communication.
“My brothers and sisters, I am still in shock,” expressed Coke. “Let me say thanks to the Jamaica Union Conference, all our directors in the fields, the Inter-American Division for their recognition of excellence in communication. I was indeed shocked.”
The 20-minute segment in his honour came during the final moments of the three-day GAiN Conference, held against the backdrop of educating and training communication and technology professionals for community outreach using technology. The event was held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, on the evening of July 6.
It all began while Coke was standing in line to bring the curtains down with his vote of thanks, after concluding the award and recognition ceremony for seven church communicators and four Jamaican media personnel. He was asked to be seated. Then, human resource manager of the Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU), Lisa-Marie Samuels, stealthily transitioned the spotlight.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Jamaica Union Conference is always pleased to affirm our workers of worth, whose work and worth have helped to advance the mission in Jamaica Union and this afternoon, we honour, we recognise one such worker.”