After a 33-year career in the Cayman Islands civil service, Alicia “Jen” Dixon retires Tuesday from her post as director of Children and Family Services.
Ms. Dixon, who has been described as an advocate for the rights of children, domestic violence, parenting and other social issues, joined the civil service in 1978 as a clerical officer in the Ministry of Health.
She rose through the ranks and was appointed the first Caymanian deputy director of the Department of Social Services in 1987, a position she held until she became director of Children and Family Services in 2012.
Ms. Dixon was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her work with managing “Tent City” and an influx of almost 1,200 illegal Cuban migrants in 1994.
On Monday, Osbourne Bodden, minister of community affairs, youth and sports, said Ms. Dixon is “a remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to the civil service and the people of the Cayman Islands.”
“Ms. Jen has brought her unwavering compassion, commitment and diligence to all aspects of her work, whether it was dealing with clients, the community, guiding her department, assisting the country in recovery efforts after natural disasters or putting her wealth of knowledge about our society to use on a number of committees.”
Mr. Bodden added that he knows “Ms. Jen will continue to give back to our community and help those who are most vulnerable during this new chapter in her life,” and wished her a happy and fulfilling retirement.