The Jamaican High Commission and the Jamaican UK Community last Friday said farewell to Deputy High Commissioner Sharon Saunders, at a special reception in London.
She will be taking up duties as Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago later this month.
Glowing tributes were paid to Mrs. Saunders, who had been Deputy High Commissioner to the UK since 2002. She was praised for her professionalism, integrity and commitment to the Jamaican community.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Norma Mesquito thanked Mrs. Saunders for her support over the years.
“My fellow Jamaicans join with me to recognise the service you have given over the years in the United Kingdom. We are proud to have been associated with you, and confident that your good work and the experience you have gained over the years will put you in good stead to continue the work as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago”, she said.
High Commissioner Burchell Whiteman, said that the reception was a bitter sweet experience, as it was saying farewell while congratulating Mrs. Saunders on her elevation to the post of High Commissioner. He praised her generosity and energy that, he said, characterised her time in London.
Shows Mrs. Sharon Saunders ( centre) and son Machel (left) with Former General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, Dame Karlene Davis, and Mr. Victor Davis, at a special reception held at the Jamaican High Commission in London to say farewell to Mrs. Saunders who will be taking up an appointment as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago
“She has been a model of support and cooperation. She has offered much guidance. She has been an excellent manager of the staff and, of course, she has been an excellent representative (for Jamaica)”, he said.
The High Commissioner also praised Mrs. Saunders for taking the initiative to set up the Jamaica Enterprise Network (JENUK).
Mrs. Saunders thanked her colleagues at the High Commission, as well as the community and her friends, for organising the reception in her honour. She paid special tribute to High Commissioner Whiteman, whom she described as a mentor. She also thanked her son, Machel, for his support and love.
She said that her 28 years in the Jamaican Foreign service have been fulfilling.
“I take with me many experiences and memories. I really appreciate all the sentiments. I am a dedicated public servant. We all know that there is a job to be done,” she said, adding that she was looking forward to the new challenge as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.