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Central Admin Complex staff recognised for commitment post hurricanes

- Facilities Management Unit employees treated to appreciation dinner
The first Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Facilities Management staff of Central Administration Complex on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Photo: GIS
Staff of the Central Administration Complex receiving a token of appreciation for their dedication following the hurricanes of last year. Photo: GIS
Staff of the Central Administration Complex receiving a token of appreciation for their dedication following the hurricanes of last year. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite many complaints made by government workers about the working conditions at Central Administration Complex following hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, the Facilities Management Unit staff were recognised at their first annual staff appreciation dinner for their dedication to continue providing services for the general public.

The Facilities Team is consisted of Maintenance, Security, Custodial and Administration officers.

The event, which was held on Sunday, January 28, 2018, was hosted by Assistant Secretary in the Premier's Office Mr Theodore James, while the Guest Speaker was Senior Liaison Officer for the Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr David D. Archer who delivered a message on “Purpose”.

According to the Central Administrative Complex Facilities Manager, Mr Ariel Donovan in a government press release, “It was important to recognise those employees who worked vigorously over the last few months during the recovery of the Central Administration Complex following the passage of Hurricane Irma.”

He continued, “It is important to recognise staff for their good work,” adding, “It sends an extremely powerful message to them and we wanted to show them that we appreciated them for all they do on a daily basis.”

The Facilities Manager stated that the dinner was a success by the attendees who also received a token of appreciation. “It was a night of fellowship, communion and togetherness.”

Mr Donovan said, "The dinner was ranked a high success by everyone who was able to attend and receive their tokens of appreciation. It was a night of fellowship, communion and togetherness."

Acknowledged for hard work & dedication

Meanwhile, our newsroom was able to catch up with some of the workers who attended the appreciation dinner and all shared the same sentiments that they felt good being recognised for their hard work.

"It felt good to know that we can be appreciated for our hard work that we come out to do each and every day to serve the public in whatever they need. The hurricane destroyed our working space and made it difficult to work but we stayed committed," said Jasmine A. Smith, an administration officer.

A custodial worker said that after the hurricane they had a lot of cleaning up to do throughout the building and noted that it was hard work especially because of the mold infestation. "We pushed through and did as much work as we should."

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