KINGSTON – Seventy two retirees of Tax Administration were honoured for their exemplary years of service, at a retirement awards function, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, on March 18.
The 72 persons were acknowledged for their service to the various departments within Tax Administration, which spanned from 12 to 42 years.
Director General of Tax Administration, Viralee Latibeaudiere said the entity had benefited greatly from the retirees’ collective years of invaluable service and experience.
“You have all been a pillar of strength and foundation upon which the Tax Administration is built. As the leader of the organisation at this time of change, I promise to try and live up to your extraordinary standards and qualities,” she said.
Guest Speaker at the event, Retired Chief Personnel Officer at the Office of the Services Commission, Charles Jones, told the retirees that their length of service to the Tax Administration, “speaks to your determination and courage in the face of the many challenges you’ve faced in the workplace."
He noted that their years of service also exemplified loyalty, selflessness and the ability to respond to the ever-changing needs of a more demanding public.
Mr. Jones reminded the retirees that their lives do not end after retirement, and that “now is the time to explore the many activities that you didn’t have time to pay attention to while you were hard at work."
“Life after retirement can be a very emotional time, but it is what you want it to be or what you make it to be. It depends entirely on your outlook. Remember you are retiring from work and not from life,” he added.
Mr. Jones suggested that retirees could engage in new economic activities in order to supplement their pension, as well as offer their services in social service clubs or charitable organisations.
“Get involved in the sporting arena. You could also consider going to the gym. You could become involved in your church’s visitation programme. You could even think of joining or starting a domino or scrabble club….go dancing…take up gardening,” he proposed.
Mr. Jones further encouraged the retirees to join the Government’s Pensioners' Association, “so that you can help us to lobby for improvements for the welfare of pensioners."
By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter