Nation honours outstanding women (part 2) – Continued
Dorothy Dyce, Administrator, National Consumers League.
Consumer rights and protection advocate, Dorothy Dyce was awarded an OD, Officer Class for her contribution to consumer awareness in Jamaica. She was also recognised for long and faithful voluntary service to church and community.
With over 20 years of service in the government’s postal department, she has now retired, but has not given up her vocation. She is presently administrator of the National Consumer’s League.
A Kingstonian by birth, she attended the Calabar Elementary School and Excelsior College. With a special aptitude for music, she attended the Cambridge Royal School of Music, and received training at the Sybil Foster-Davies Music Studio.
She entered the civil service in 1947 as a temporary town clerk and worked her way up to acting supervisor in 1968. Her duties ranged from sorting letters to postal mail and mail order returns and accounting.
Founder of the Jamaica Philatelic Department in Postal Service, she formulated the governing regulations which were approved by Parliament. She was also instrumental in the decimal currency programme in 1969, volunteering to advance public education on this programme.
From here, she moved on the Ministry of Health and held the posts of chief executive officer II, and acting office superintendent. Through the years she also worked in other government agencies including the Statistical Department and the Ministry of Education. Her work at the National Consumers League began in 1996 and is done on a purely voluntary basis.
She is a member of the Coke Methodist Church where she is also able to help people and do voluntary social work. While she enjoys her civic duties, time is set aside for baking, catering and gardening.
For her, the national award is an honour for which she is extremely grateful. She is saddened by the high level of indiscipline in the society, and encourages Jamaicans to slow down and study where we are coming from, see where we are going and appreciate what our forefathers fought for.