Lewis: Daley-Morris not to be blamed
The board of directors of Netball Jamaica (NJ) has come to the defence of its president Dr Paula Daley-Morris, who has faced much criticism after it was revealed that seven of the board members have resigned since she took over office two years ago.
Kadean Holness, a former board member of NJ, told The Gleaner in an article published on Thursday, November 9, that she resigned because Daley-Morris' style of leadership.
Holness made her comments following the sudden resignation of first vice-president Jacqueline Robotham last Friday.
Dr Akshai Mansingh, who worked in the previous administration which was led by Marva Bernard, has called on Daley-Morris to resign from the post.
Other high-ranking officials have also resigned since Daley-Morris took charge in November 2015. They are Nola Philpotts-Brown (first vice-president), treasurer Atasha Bernard, and board members Annemarie Stewart, Karen Anderson, and Karen Rosen.
However, Wayne Lewis, communication director of NJ, said the resignations of these individuals have nothing to with the leadership style of Daley-Morris.
"There have been a number of situations regarding Netball Jamaica, and it all points to the leadership style of our president, Dr Paula Daley-Morris. The impression based on articles and interviews conducted suggest that people are resigning from Netball Jamaica because of the leadership style of Paula, and I am refuting that," said Lewis.
"I think it is unfair and unfortunate that people are continuing to point a lot of fingers at Paula," he said. "For example, the first vice- president resigned, and the impression is given that Jackie (Robotham) resigned because of Paula's leadership and disagreements with Paula, and that is absolutely incorrect," Lewis said.
"Her resignation that has nothing do with Paula because she resigned because of personal reasons, hence the board came out in support of Paula," Lewis pointed out.
"We are saying that we are a united board and we are focused on preparing the team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year," he said.
Meanwhile, in a press release yesterday, Netball Jamaica said it emphatically and categorically refutes the statements made as they considered them baseless and malicious.