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Three hundred and fifty-five members of the Jamaica Civil Service Association were awarded yesterday (Nov.22) for their long and distinguished service to the country, at the Jamaica Civil Service Long Service award ceremony, which was held at the National Indoor Sports Centre.
Reading a citation to the awardees, Director of Human Resource and Administration at the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Sophia Cummings, said, “the Jamaica Civil Service (Association) is pleased to include you in its cadre of some of the most competent men and women whose service is highly sought after”.
“Through your efforts, many policies and programmes of government have been developed and the collective experience of our civil servant is the envy of many other countries. Indeed our nation will be judged by the quality of the service which you give to the people of this country,” Mrs. Cummings said.
She added that “the people of Jamaica are deeply indebted to you for the invaluable contribution you have made in providing public value and good public services. We cannot adequately compensate you for what you have done, but we owe it to at least publicly express our thanks and show our deep appreciation”.
Speaking at the function, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Fitz Jackson expressed his appreciation to the awardees, who he said had “offered services, and who are offering services to us, to our country and have been doing so for many, many years”.
Awardee Martin Brown, who is a mental health officer in the Ministry of Health, said he was very pleased to be recognised for his more than 25 years of service to the country.
“I feel rewarded for the years I have spent, 26 years of unbroken service. I would encourage young people to join the government service. I have helped many individuals over the years and I have decided to continue my service until retirement,” Mr. Brown said. The civil servants were bestowed with the Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Medal. The recipients represented a wide cross section of civil servants who have given valuable years of service. The function was held as part of activities for Civil Service Week, which is being observed from November 19to 24.