Saturday, December 11, 2010


CHOICES Picture Perfect Photo Competition

How creative can you get with a camera?

Do you like taking photos?

Here’s your chance to use them to win prizes.

Photos should fall under any of the following categories:

1. Jamaica Back In Time

2. The Great Outdoors

3. Proverbs Come To Life

4. Love Is …

How to enter:

1. Read instructions below then [ VISIT CONTEST PAGE] to upload photo(s)

2. After uploading Photo(s), come back here to [ENTER CONTEST NOW]

(Upload photos between Dec 13, 2010 and January 9, 2011)

Instructions on how to upload photo(s)

On contest page click ---> [ submit your photo], then click ----> [Get started today]. Register as a Photographer by clicking ----> [start scrambling] (please make note of your photoscramble username after you have registered). Login and upload photo(s) . When uploading photos please put the category as the title of the photo you are uploading - example - Title: Love is....)

So go ahead:

1. Click---> [ VISIT CONTEST PAGE] to upload photo(s)

2. After uploading Photo(s), be sure to come back here and click ---> [ENTER CONTEST NOW] to enter the contest

Question: What is CHOICES slogan? "Everybody has CHOICES"

How winners are chosen:

1. By public vote

Deadline for submission of photos is January 9, 2011. Between January 10, 2011 and January 23, 2011, the public will get a chance to vote for their favourites. So be sure to invite your family members and friends, social community to vote for your photo(s)

2. Judging

Public voting will be closed as of January 23, 2011. The 5 pictures with the highest number of votes go forward to final judging. Winners will be announced on January 30, 2011.

First prize:

Horseback riding for two courtesy of Tourwise;

Personal Care Products and Gifts from CHOICES

Second prize:

Lunch for two at Pier One; Personal Care Products and Gifts from CHOICES

Third prize:

Personal Care Products and Gifts from CHOICES


*Contest open to Jamaican Residents only*

Contestants can only enter a maximum of one photograph in each category.

Photos must be original work of entrants, must not have been used in previous photo competitions or previously published elsewhere. Photographs must not include obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Pictures will be judged on creativity, relevance to theme, and photographic quality.

Employees and family members of CHOICES and their subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible to enter.

Deadline for entries is 12 pm on Saturday, January 9, 2011.

The decision of the judges is final. All photograph entries become the property of CHOICES and can be reproduced by the company, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates.

So go ahead:

1. Click---> [ VISIT CONTEST PAGE] to upload photo(s)

2. After uploading Photo(s), come back here and click ---> [ENTER CONTEST NOW] to enter the contest

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Our thanks to all who participated in our wonderful show - "CHOICES Get On Track For Career, Education & Life Seminar" - in Montego Bay on Thursday October 28.
It was a great success which we could not have achieved without the help and support of all those who involved themselves - Mr. Patrick Casserly, Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce President, our opening speaker, and also those who attended as exhibitors and speakers and those who gave gifts.
We list below our exhibitors and also those who gave prizes to make the day extra special for students, teachers and counsellors.
PARTNER - The Gleaner Company
ASSOCIATES - COK Co-op Credit Union; The International University of the Caribbean (IUC) and the Tax Administration Services
EXHIBITORS - Seneca College (Canada); Versan Educational Services; The University of Technology Jamaica; Caribbean Institute of Technology (CIT); The University of the West Indies (UWI); Kirk Distributors; Western Regional Health Authority (Ministry of Health); Youth Enhancement Services (YES); University College of the Caribbean (UCC); International Youth Fellowship (IYF); Montego Bay Community College; The Jamaica Defence Force; The Jamaica Constabulary Force; The Jamaica Fire Brigade; Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and Sam Sharpe Teachers' College.
PRIZES AND GIFTS FROM - Kirk Distributors (gift baskets); YES/HECOIN - 1/2 Scholarship; Dolphin Cove (entry passes); Maggi - baskets, aprons and bags; Tour Wise - horse-back riding; Cornwall Beach (entry passes); Beyond Jewellery - jewellery; Soft Sheen - baskets; T-Geddes Grant - baskets; Sangster's Books Stores - book vouchers; Honey Bun - goodie bags and products; Pier One - lunch for two; Tortuga Rum Cakes - baskets; Palace Amusements - entry passes and Burger King - meal vouchers.
OPENING SPEAKER - Mr. Patrick Casserly, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce
- Mr. Freddie Green of Miami International Airport for Leadership Training Seminar.
- International Youth Fellowship (IYF)
OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION - The View Guest House (5 minutes walking distance from The West Jamaica Conference Centre)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Huge Turnout in West for CHOICES Career Show

Published: Monday | November 1, 2010 1 Comment and 0 Reactions


Students from schools in St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny and St Ann turned up in Montego Bay last Thursday for the 10th annual career expo put on by Choices Career Advice organisation.

Choices is a career-placement and publishing company.

The expo was held at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Mount Salem, St James.

This year's seminar, dubbed 'Get on Track for Career, Education and Life', marks the third time the expo has been held in the Montego Bay area.

In addition to displays, short talks on preparing for a career were presented by representatives from various agencies and corporate entities - including The Gleaner, the Caribbean Institute of Technology, the Tax Administration Services, International University of the Caribbean, COK Co-operative Credit Union and Montego Bay Community College.

Angela deFreitas, general manager of Choices Career Advice, was impressed by this year's turnout of high school students.

"We're very pleased with it, considering what's happening with the economy in the country and throughout the world," she remarked.

"People still actually put career and education as the priority, and we're seeing that they're still turning out, because the information is of such value that they really think it's going to be a way out."

Kamala Smith, an 11th-grade Anchovy High School student with aspirations for the medical field, had high praises for the seminar in helping pupils to make their career choice.

"It has been a really good expo, and we have learned a lot about careers and education and life and a lot of things," she said.

Akeisha Kelly, an 11th-grade student of Little London High School, echoed the sentiment.

"I was here at the expo last year, and I think it's very interesting, and we can actually learn and benefit from what they [the presenters] are saying," she noted.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Of Montego Bay, CHOICES, Students. Students and More Students

Prizes and many surprises were the order of the day at CHOICES Get On Track For Career, Education & Life Seminar on Thursday October 28. In between all of the fun, excitement and laughter on stage were presentations from educational and other institutions, CHOICES Career Advice on the subject of "How to Choose the Right Career", an essential leadership training seminar for teens, a fabulous song contest to end the day on the theme "Everyone Has Choices" and much much more.
Students from schools in St. James, St. Ann, Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland gathered for this one-day event at the West Jamaica Conference Centre.
The 3-4 hour road trip leading us to the capital city of the parish of St. James was beautiful with breath-taking glimpses of the pearly blue Caribbean highlighting our path intermittently.
A careful drive through the hills of St. Mary and down the famous "Junction", considered dangerous even for seasoned drivers, was the prettiest route we could have chosen. The hills were alive and talking to us through the various shades of lush green leaves, bushes, trees in low valleys and ravines and through springs of clear, sparkling water rushing down the hillsides and ending in small, shallow wading pools on the roadside.

Special thanks to our partner The Gleaner Company and associates, COK Co-op Credit Union, The International University of the Caribbean (IUC) and the Tax Administration Services Dept. Also to our prize sponsors - Kirk Distributors; YES/HECOIN for a scholarship; Dolphin Cove for entry passes; Maggi for gift baskets, aprons and bags; Tour Wise for horse back riding passes; Cornwall Beach for entry passes; Beyond Jewellery for jewellery; Soft Sheen for baskets;T.Geddes Grant for baskets; Sangster's book store for vouchers; Honey Bun for bags and baked products; Pier One; Burger King; Tortuga Rum Cakes and Palace Amusements for entry passes.
We'll be back there again soon. You can join us.

MoBay, MoBay, MoBay

Saturday, October 30, 2010


CHOICES is here to help you with GSAT information. Our newest publication - "All You Need To Know About GSAT" - is for parents of students who will sit the GSAT in 2011. All of their questions and concerns will be laid to rest with this publication which is now available. The cover is pictured.
It contains information such as:
Marking & Placement;
Scholarship Possibilities;
Choosing The Best School and more
We can supply copies to you in time for the GSAT regsitration process and/or your important PTA meeting at which this subject will be discussed.
We advise you to place your order early to ensure that we can supply your requirements. Call us at 876-969-5741.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Any Saturday afternoon at Hellshire Beach, St. Catherine, Jamaica


To be staged at the CHOICES Get On Track For Career, Education & Life Seminar on Thursday October 28, 2010 at The West Jamaica Conference Centre, Mt. Salem, Montego Bay

CHOICES is looking for an official CHOICES Theme Song reflecting the CHOICES message “EVERYBODY HAS CHOICES”.

Prizes include entry pass to Dolphin Cove for winning group and a teacher’s prize if supervised.

Must include the theme “Everybody Has CHOICES” and be developed around the concept of making good career choices. Lyrics must be clean, motivational and positive.
Maximum 2 minutes in length

Maximum 4 persons per group
Original tune & lyrics (music optional)
One entry per school
Deadline for submitting details of entry – Thursday October 21, 2010 at 4p.m. Fill out an entry form and fax to 925-0804, email, mail to 100 Shortwood Road, Kingston 8, Jamaica or call CHOICES now.

Entries will be judged on creativity; lyrical content; rhyme; adherence to time; presentation; performance
The contest will take place at CHOICES Get On Track For Career, Education & Life Seminar on Thursday October 28, 2010 at The West Jamaica Conference Centre, Mt. Salem, Montego Bay starting at 2p.m..

Entries will be recorded for You Tube, CHOICES website – and CHOICES blog – All entries become the property of CHOICES. We reserve the right to pre-select entries for presentation on the day. If this is the case you will be informed. The contest will take place at CHOICES Get On Track For Career, Education & Life Seminar on Thursday October 28, 2010 at The West Jamaica Conference Centre, Mr. Salem, Montego Bay.


CHOICES "Get On Track For Career, Education & Life" Seminar - Montego Bay - Thursday October 28

As we continue to arrange the programme for our CHOICES "Get On Track For Career, Education & Life" seminar in Montego Bay at the West Jamaica Conf. Centre on Thursday October 28, we encourage you to make plans for your students to attend. This event is for those in Hanover, St. James, St. Ann, Trelawny and Westmoreland. The cost will be $150 for students while one adult accompanying students will enter free. We expect schools to bring an average of 30 students but you may indicate to us if you plan to bring a larger group so that we can accommodate them comfortably.
The event will run from 9a.m. - 3p.m. and will include an exhibition by many educational institutions including the UWI; UTECH; CIT; UCC; The YES Programme, Tax Administration Services, Versan, Seneca College from Canada, The Ministry of Health and others, and talks on relevant subjects.
A special feature of the event will be a leadership training workshop for students being staged as part of the event by The Jamaica Youth Coalition, a youth advocacy group. Up to 50 students in the 14-18 age group will be trained in "Goal Setting in the Context of Student Leadership”. The students will discuss the benefits and advantages of goal setting for personal success and for developing and implementing projects for their school and otherwise.
We invite you to select 4 students from your school within the age group to participate in this special 2-hour workshop. We must have their names in advance by October 22, their age and the name of the institution which they attend.
The International Youth Fellowship (IYF) will participate in the event with a presentation for teachers and counsellors and also giving older students the opportunity of finding out more about their programmes for youth, this after the successful staging of the World Camp in August in which hundreds of Jamaican students participated. More information will come to you soon on this.
Nurture the creativity of your students by encouraging them to enter our song contest (details attached for your notice board).
CHOICES is presenting this seminar specifically for secondary-level students, in upper level grades preparing to leave school in the near future and also those at tertiary level.
We look forward to communicating further with your school on this with details of our exciting programme, presentations, prizes, surprises, give-aways etc. and we will soon send your school a full outline of the day’s schedule so that you can help students to plan how best to spend their time during the day.

For more information contact us at: 876-969-5741; 876-925-0804 or 876-782-1644 (cell).

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Thursday October 28 will be the big day for MoBay in 2010 when CHOICES hits "The Bay" with its annual "GET ON TRACK FOR CAREER, EDUCATION & LIFE' Seminar. Look out for more details coming soon or call us at 876-969-5741/954-323-6217 or 876-782-1644.