The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) hosted a Joint Graduation Ceremony for the Professional Accountants Joint Scheme Programme at the Knutsford Court Hotel in October 2019. Seven special awards were presented to graduates who successfully completed various stages of the ACCA programme in record time and with outstanding passes.
Nickalus Farr is the 2019 recipient of the Sushil Jain Award. The award which is named after former ICAJ member (deceased) Sushil Jain, is presented each year to the youngest graduate who completes the Professional Programme on the first attempt. Farr who is a past student of Kingston College, was a top CSEC and CAPE Math student for Jamaica. Today he is the Senior Financial Analyst and Project Manager at Stanley Motta Limited, with responsibility for undertaking feasibility studies and executing large property development projects.
Kellicia Phillips was the recipient of the Raphael Gordon Award. She obtained the highest mark of not less than 70% in paper F9 – Financial Management, on her first attempt. Meanwhile, the Jasper Burnett Award which is presented to the Jamaican graduate who obtains the highest mark of not less than 70% in paper P3-Business Analysis, on the first attempt, was awarded to Mr. Elesio Hutchinson.
Other scholastic awards included the Knowledge Level Examination Award, which was won by Angelo Alexander who amassed an average of 88% in the three subjects. This award is presented to any student passing all three subjects in this exam at the first attempt and in one sitting, with an average mark of not less than sixty-five percent.
Another graduate, Miss Julian Codner, a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC,) received the Professional Level Award for passing all five subjects at the first attempt over a period of 12 months, with an average mark of not less than 65%.
She was joined by Miss Santena Jumpp, a Senior Audit Accountant at KPMG, who received the Student Affairs Committee Award for achieving the highest mark in the Strategic Business Leader exam, on the first attempt.
Mr. Chesney Fairclough was acknowledged for completing all 14 ACCA exams in two and a half years, over 6 sittings.
In his welcome remarks ICAJ President Mr. Sixto Coy commended the graduates for pushing through the challenges and completing their studies. He also encouraged them to continue pursuing their dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant while upholding the values of truth, honesty and respect.
The Keynote address was delivered by Mrs. C. Patricia Hayle, Past President and 2018 ICAJ Distinguished Member. She praised the graduates for their achievement and used personal examples of her journey through the profession to motivate the graduates on their own forward journey.
Among those In attendance were Mr. Bruce Scott, ICAJ Past President and Chairman, Student Affairs Committee; Past President Miss Prunella Vassell and several Council members. Attending from ACCA Caribbean were Ms. Anouska Sammy, Education and Student Development Manager, who delivered Greetings and Ms. Aisha Mc Kenna, Senior Education and Student Development Executive.
Entertainment was provided by Corporal Andre Gillespie, Saxophonist, while the Graduates’ Response was delivered by Mrs. Natassia Hedge-Whyte, ACCA December 2018 Graduate. The Masters of Ceremonies were Mrs. Sandra Barnett, Member, Membership Committee, ICAJ and Mr. Dwight Bailey, Member, Student Affairs Committee, ICAJ.
Those who provided invaluable support to the Graduation exercise through sponsorship included Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, T. Geddes Grant (Distributors) Limited and Virginia Dare Jamaica Limited.