Long-serving civil servants celebrate

Tributes, plenty of applause and much respect was recently bestowed upon more than 330 civil servants who have spent between 20 and 40 years of their lives in continuous service to the people of the Cayman Islands.

Organised by the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association and the Portfolio of the Civil Service, the CICSA Long-Service Awards Ceremony was held recently at Pedro St James, said a GIS press release.

Remarks, as well as tributes to the award recipients, were given by Governor Stuart Jack, Chief Secretary George McCarthy, Financial Secretary, Kenneth Jefferson, Deputy Chief Secretary Donovan Ebanks and CICSA’s 1st Vice-President Haroon Pandohie, on behalf of CICSA President James Watler, who was overseas.

Persons received awards for serving 40, 35, 30, 25 or 20 continuous years. Each awardee received a glass statue inscribed with his or her name, with the size of the statue proportionate to the increase in years of service. For each of the three 40-year recipients, the award included a night at The Ritz-Carlton

The good spirit of the event was further evident as each name was called by co-emcees Lee Ramoon and Melanie McField, who demonstrated the depth of collegial relationships within the service by calling some recipients by their given names first, followed with the nickname by which everyone knows them.

Leader of Government Business, Tibbetts, Attorney General Samuel Bulgin and Minister for Health and Human Services, Anthony Eden also attended the ceremony, and gave personal words of congratulations to a number of recipients.

The recipients were civil servants who, because of their uninterrupted long service, were eligible for awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mr Pandohie explained that because of Hurricane Ivan, the normally-annual event was unavoidably postponed.

In the process of gathering the hundreds of recipients’ names, a few names, including the names of individuals who now work in authorities, were inadvertently missed. CICSA officials announced that these persons will be duly recognised in the next awards ceremony, which is set to return to its annual status with an event in 2007.

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