Social Worker of the Month - November 2019
Mrs Ruby E. Melville has been a true stalwart in the field of Social Work.
From humble beginnings she recognized the importance of supporting people in fulfilling their basic needs in order for them to achieve their full potential. Consequently, Mrs. Melville channeled her strengths in the area of healthcare working as a Medical Social Worker since 2003 and serving the parishes of Clarendon and Manchester at the Percy Junior and Mandeville Regional Hospitals, respectively.
During her time at the Mandeville Regional Hospital she organized an Annual Christmas treat for the children and their families on the Pediatric Ward. From food and clothing donations to ice cream and cake she brought smiles to the faces of these children and recognized the efforts of the caregivers who strive to support their children as best as they can.
Additionally, Mrs. Melville actively takes part in forums and presentations at various schools across Manchester helping to motivate the younger generation in areas such as Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution and Youth Sexual Health.
She is also an active member of the Health Department in her local church community promoting the importance of mental and physical well being and serving as committee member for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission where she actively takes part in cultural events.
Usually she can be found with a welcoming smile and an encouraging word for anyone in need.
These are just a few of the activities that demonstrate Mrs. Melville’s commitment to the field of Social Work. In fact, her greatest achievement yet is being the 2013 recipient of the Prime Minister of Jamaica Medal of Appreciation in the field of Health.
We celebrate you Mrs. Melville and the work you continue to do!
Jhevoi Melville BSW, RSW