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Three hundred and nine members of the public service, who have served for 25 years or more, were yesterday (Nov. 23) honoured at the Civil Service Long Service Awards ceremony held at King’s House.
The function, which marked the 20th occasion of the awards, was held as part of the commemorative celebrations of Civil Service Week 2005.
In the citation read by Sophia Cummings, Senior Personnel Officer at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the recipients were acknowledged for their contribution to nation building and thanked for the dedicated and faithful service they have rendered over the years.
“The public service is critically important to the operations of government and it is public officers like you men and women, who, by diligently discharging your responsibilities throughout the years, have given the public service a reputation for consistency and impartiality in serving the government and people of Jamaica,” the citation noted.
Of the 309 honourees, 21 persons served for 30 years and more. The two longest serving awardees were Lynette Harpaul-McKenzie and Rosalee Johnson, both from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, who have served 39 and 38 years respectively.
Speaking with JIS News, Mrs. Johnson, who is an Administrator (Senior Inspector) said, “I am happy to be here receiving this award. I’m very grateful for it and I think it is deserving as I have always cherished the idea of serving people.I’m a people person.”
Mrs. Johnson’s work entails inspecting employees’ pay records, working with senior citizens and dealing with their pension issues as well as taking delinquent employers to court.
Medals and certificates were presented to the awardees by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke; Minister of Water and Housing, Donald Buchanan who was representing Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson; Opposition Senator Arthur Williams and Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Carlton Davies.
Meanwhile, Norman Gordon, Registrar at the Co-operatives and Friendly Societies in the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology, received the ‘Civil Servant of the Year’ award.
The Jamaica Military Band, the Peacemakers Mento Band, Andrew Lawrence and Omar Barrett entertained and serenaded the recipients.