Twenty-two (22) members of staff from the Social Development Commission copped top awards at the Jamaica Civil Service/Long Service Awards ceremony. This momentous occasion was held under the theme; “Diligently and Holistically Advancing Public Service for a Better Jamaica,” at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Awardees were honoured for their years of committed service to the people of Jamaica. Each recipient of this prestigious award worked in excess of 25 years in the public sector.
During his address, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, underscored his gratitude to the honourees for their sacrifice, dedication and commitment to the development of Jamaica. The Prime Minister further asserted that Jamaica would have benefited from their professionalism, competencies and integrity.
The names of the Social Development Commission awardees are as follows: Ms. Cleo Rose Bennett, Mr. Devon Lloyd Brown, Mr. Ron Gregory Daley, Mrs. Janet Dorah, Mrs. Paulet Marcia Dryden-Smith, Mrs. Ivette Ferguson, Ms. Nadine Joy Forrester, Mrs. Linda May Graham, Mrs. Jacqueline Johns-Little, Mrs. Claudia Ann-Marie Leaven, Mr. Baldvin Owen McKenzie, Mrs. Ivel Veronica Kerr-McLean, Mrs. Joan Sylvia Morrison, Mr. Paul Hugh Mott, Mrs. Lorian Olivia Peart-Roberts, Mr. Allen Augustus Reid, Mr. James Everton Rose, Mrs. Marcia May Saddler, Mrs. Pauline Stewart-Chambers, Mrs. Paula Walker and Mrs. Desreen Aldeen Williams.
“The Jamaica Civil Service Awards Ceremony is a historic occasion for the SDC, given that twenty-two (22) of its senior officers received awards.” Human Resource Manager (SDC), Mrs. Vivolyn Walker commented. Mrs. Walker further added that this honour showed the commitment of the SDC as the leading community development organization. She highlighted that awardees tenure ranged from 25 to 40 years working with the Commission.
Of note, recipients were very proud for the recognition and affirmed that their years of service stemmed from the opportunity to serve others and participate in nation building at the community level.