KINGSTON — Twenty-two retirees of the Ministry of Health were honoured for exemplary service, at a function at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston on Tuesday, May 10.
They were acknowledged for years of service to various departments within the Ministry, spanning 14 to 42 years and totalling 735 years, collectively.
The retirees are: Marcia Hyman McKay; Violet Griffith; Beverley Prendergast; Yvette Chambers; Dr. Peter Figueroa; Marjorie Rose; Carlton Brewster; Pearline Morrison; Lloyd Wilks; Marjorie Ming; Earl Campbell; Volin Morris; Alwin Elliot; Grace Allen-Young; Ainsley Jones; Avery Powell; Clifton Davis; Sydney Erwin; Errol Matthie; Valrie Campbell; Derric Brown; and Seigesman Thomas.
Addressing the retirees, Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said the country had benefitted greatly from their years of service and experience.
“It is your dedication and your commitment that have kept the health sector going, especially in difficult times,” he said.
He said the Human Resource Division will develop and maintain a database of the skills of the persons who have retired, and who may wish to maintain a relationship with the sector.
“We have many boards, councils and committees which require persons of maturity, experience and a keen understanding of the health sector and, in our retirees, we have tremendous experience; we cannot afford it to go to waste,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the retirees, Dr. Figueroa said that they remain committed to the growth of the sector, and are willing to contribute their services and expertise, wherever necessary.
“When we reflect on up to 42 years that have been served in the Ministry of Health, I think we can be justifiable proud of the fact that so much has been achieved in health over the years,” he said.
The ceremony was held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Excellence’.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter