The competition, held for the first time this year, aims to recognise and reward outstanding PAs and Secretaries. The winners not only met the criteria of the competition, but they also displayed the values that form the foundation of NUST’s interaction with all its stakeholders.
The winners, who were announced in four categories, were: Muriel Mouton: Personal Assistant/Secretary of the Year; Josefina Skrywer: Best Newcomer; Rebecca Mujazu: Best Organised Event; Cornelia Janga: Exceptional Customer Service.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, said during the awards ceremony that the awards acknowledge the contributions made by individuals that have an impact on the University. “You may think your contributions are small, but believe me, an outstanding PA/ Secretary contributes greatly to institutional excellence. I would like to urge, not only the winners, but all other PAs and Secretaries to remain curious, to continue to learn, to grow and to expand your horizons,” Tjivikua said. The chairperson of the Awards Committee, Carol Millward, encouraged the winners to continue to observe the values of NUST by being accountable, innovative, maintaining excellence and continuously collaborating.
A member of the judging panel, Abigail Smit, Office Manager at Olthaver and List, said the panel had a difficult task as the level of professionalism and dedication made it almost impossible for them to reduce the participants to just a number on a score sheet. “Only when one digs deeper into the professional lives of these super humans, does one begin to appreciate more and more the human element which is indeed, deserving of recognition,” she said.
She added that it was most humbling to engage with each participant and to experience their enthusiasm, pride and overall ‘can do’ attitude.
“What stood out most was your passion. You are true ambassadors of change of which the University can be very proud,” she said.