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UTech, Jamaica Mourns the Passing of Dr. Janice Lindsay

University of Technology | 2018-07-10 10:28:00

The University of Technology, Jamaica family is deeply saddened at the passing of Dr Janice Lindsay, former Director of Arts and Culture.  Dr. Lindsay died on Friday, July 6, 2018 following a period of illness.
Dr. Lindsay was appointed Director of Arts and Culture, UTech, Jamaica in May 2012.  Prior to that she served the University at the Centre for the Arts as a Special Projects Coordinator (April 2011) and as Cultural Officer (May 2011 – May 2012).  On the request of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, she was seconded to act in the post of Principal Director, Culture and Creative Industries Policy Division for a period of six months from February to July 2015.  She was later permanently appointed in that post since August 2015.  She also served the Ministry as Acting Permanent Secretary in 2017.
Dr Lindsay was a Cultural Heritage Development Specialist focusing on the economic development of tangible and intangible heritage assets.  She completed a Ph.D. in World Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Tsukuba in Japan (2007-2011), and held a Master of Arts degree (2005) in Heritage Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication (1996) from the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Her career experience in culture and communication included employment at IRIE FM and the Jamaica Information Service.  She also held positions as Promotions/Museum Manager, Devon House Heritage Site and Lectured in Radio Broadcasting, Public Relations and Oral Communication at Northern Caribbean University.  Dr. Lindsay had been a contributor to the Health Home and Garden Magazine since 2006 and also worked as a Consultant with Help Age International and the University Council of Jamaica.
She has authored several articles published in heritage and sustainable development journals and has delivered presentations on aspects of cultural heritage at local and international conferences.
She obtained numerous awards in recognition of her work in sustainable heritage tourism.  Among them, the Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Government of Japan Scholarship (2007),  the Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Conference Scholarship (2009) and the  University of Tsukuba Certificate of Merit Award for Doctoral Research; “Management Strategies towards Sustainable Heritage Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): The Jamaican Experience” (2010).  Dr. Lindsay was one of two representatives from Jamaica to serve on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. The Committee makes final decisions on properties to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.  She was instrumental in Jamaica’s nomination to the World Heritage Committee in November 2013, for the first time.
Dr. Lindsay is remembered for her kindness, dedication and professionalism.   She displayed the highest level of professionalism in her work and treatment towards her colleagues.  She was a calm, but firm individual who was passionate and committed to whatever she did.
We extend heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and former colleagues who mourn her loss.

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