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Digicel hosts appreciation dinner for BVIEC workers

- for their hard work & dedication during the recovery process following Hurricane Irma in September 2017
Leroy A. E. Abraham, General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) addressing his workers on Friday, March 16, 2018 during the appreciation dinner. Photo: VINO
From left: Andy A. Jeffers, Marketing Executive at Digicel, Jayne A. Gray, Head of Branding at Digicel and Leroy A. E. Abraham, General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). Photo: VINO
From left: Andy A. Jeffers, Marketing Executive at Digicel, Jayne A. Gray, Head of Branding at Digicel and Leroy A. E. Abraham, General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). Photo: VINO
Members of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) at the appreciation dinner hosted by Digicel on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at the Moorings. Photo: Dean H. Greenaway aka 'The Sportsman'
Members of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) at the appreciation dinner hosted by Digicel on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at the Moorings. Photo: Dean H. Greenaway aka 'The Sportsman'
Scenes from the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) appreciation dinner hosted by Digicel. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) appreciation dinner hosted by Digicel. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the appreciation dinner. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the appreciation dinner. Photo: VINO
More highlight from the appreciation dinner. Photo: VINO
More highlight from the appreciation dinner. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI- It was an evening of laughter and fun at the appreciation dinner for the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) hosted by telecommunication provider Digicel on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Charlie’s Restaurant located at the Moorings.

The evening began with cocktail drinks, alongside the sounds of different genres of music followed by a presentation by Jayne A. Gray, Head of Branding for Digicel.

Ms Gray said, “This idea came from the community. So on behalf of Digicel we would like to say thank you for the work that you have done over the past 6 months. I do not know a single person that is not eternally grateful that has power in their house right now.”

"US expert had very low expectation for the VI"- Leroy A. E. Abraham

Leroy A. E. Abraham, General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) expressed thanks to Digicel for hosting a dinner for his workers which includes the overseas linesmen for their hard work and dedication over the last six months.

Mr Abraham said, “On behalf of my amazing, phenomenal team, I want to thank our industry partner Digicel for hosting this dinner for all of us who are here for the hard work that has been done.”

During his speech, he recalled where an expert from the United States during a meeting with him commented that he had “very low expectations” when he was coming to the Virgin Islands (VI) in terms of development following the hurricane of September 2017.

“He (US expert) said that his expectations when he came to the BVI was very low and the reason why he said that is, as we all know Ms Irma was the most powerful hurricane on record and it didn’t just brush the BVI, it hit the BVI head on. His expectation was low because from past experience and the merit of hurricane that he has had to deal with from 1 to 5 in the US, he said there was no way that the BVI could be at the point and stage that it is today,” explain Mr Abraham.

Never in doubt

He went on to encourage his workers to not take what has been accomplished over the six months “lightly” and they have been a part of something “immensely great”, while noting that the US expert told him that CNN and other persons should come back to the VI to see that the territory is getting back to a sense of normalcy.

Mr Abraham then commented, “Most persons saw it as amazing but I say it is truly miraculous with what has transpired with the limited resources that we have and what we were able to accomplish as a team. It was truly a team effort. I told someone a few days ago when I saw the BVI and the level of devastation, I knew it wasn’t impossible for us to bring it back and I told everyone from every level that we would bring it back. They didn’t know we would have bring it back this fast but I knew we would bring it back.”

“The guys truly deserve this because they worked hard”- Andy A. Jeffers

In an interview with Andy A. Jeffers, Marketing Executive at Digicel, he told our newsroom that the appreciation dinner came to fruition from the suggestion of a customer who saw that Digicel honoured one of the linesmen for their Valentine’s Day special.

Mr Jeffers said, “We [had] honoured Trevor Gumbs, one of the linesmen who was recommended by one of our customers for his hard work and dedication. He came to our location twice and his assistance was greatly appreciated. So we decided as a group to do it for the whole team rather than just singling out one person. The guys truly deserve this because they worked hard. As BVI people we may be small in numbers but we are truly big at heart.”

26 Responses to “Digicel hosts appreciation dinner for BVIEC workers”

  • too one sided (17/03/2018, 12:43) Like (6) Dislike (30) Reply

    What about doctors and nurses who worked their a$$ off too? Oh and police officers.

    • SMH (17/03/2018, 13:18) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply
      Can't please you people at all no matter what.
    • Really (17/03/2018, 13:25) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stay focused now, super job fellows
    • @@ (17/03/2018, 13:58) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
      especially the nurses & Dr's
    • SMH (17/03/2018, 19:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Geeze! Can't praise be given accordingly? Suggest to who wants to appreciate your aforementioned to show appreciation.
    • Wrangler (17/03/2018, 20:21) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      What police they didn't do a thing
    • @ too one sided (17/03/2018, 20:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about them? We’re ALL a part of the recovery process, but if it were not for the efforts of BVIEC and their partners we would all still be in the dark and without hot running water; even the same doctors, nurses and police officers you speak of. With that said, we are ALL grateful to BVIEC in a mark and special way.
    • childish (17/03/2018, 21:33) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      The work load for these guys spanned over 6 months in the hot sun seven days a week what is wrong with you.
  • Sky (17/03/2018, 13:13) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Good job Digicel, keep up the good work!
  • Nice (17/03/2018, 13:19) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good Look Digicel
  • Eagle Eye (17/03/2018, 13:29) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Remember they work hard for money lol
  • Hardworking (17/03/2018, 14:33) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    Nurses, physicians and the staff of BVIHSA. Night and day, Day and night working long hours saving lives and caring for the sick and injured, long forgotten. Even the Governor and the Premier did not say thank you to them in the thanksgiving service in the Queen Elizabeth Park. Be grateful corporate BVI and show your appreciation. They are still the ones who will be there when the lights go out caring for you, your families and the communities at the expense of their families. Nurses, Physicyians We appreciate you and your coworkers.
  • Truthful (17/03/2018, 15:43) Like (10) Dislike (23) Reply
    What the hell did bvi ec do? They had help and today there are still homes with no power
  • Gumption. Official (17/03/2018, 16:37) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    It’s crazy how we just can’t appreciate and move on. So many people/groups etc should be honored or recognized etc. it’s up to an individual or company or group what they want to do. Either what Digicel did it for it would be an issue. I’m very sure 99.9% of all the people who posted above posted because their device have power..... Acknowledgment doesn’t take much, most of you should visit your doctor’s office to drop off a paid dinner certificate for appreciation of hard work ect. Let’s give Jack his Jacket- Good job BVIE now let’s do great job and get the BVI fully powered up.
  • thanks A (17/03/2018, 18:54) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    his boy friend took the even to charile
  • My God (17/03/2018, 19:50) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    What about the truckers and operators who cleaned the place??????
  • Hmmmm (17/03/2018, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Here we go again. BVIEC deserves this but it is a way for funny man partner to get him heavy dollars. What a good cover.
  • Step up! (18/03/2018, 06:49) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    To everyone moaning what about health services, truckers etc... Why don't YOU step up and arrange something for them?? Fundraise for them, gift them with something small, make a public thank you?? What about other businesses stepping up and donating, who to date have been VERY quiet?? No... so many would rather take THEIR money, bank it and build a mansion on the hill, buy fancy cars, clothes, never giving back a penny!! At least Digicel makes an effort to give back, even if they cannot give to everyone. Change your attitudes, hold your elected politicians accountable for the good of the country. Maybe the Government could have donated and thanked more with the millions of $$$ missing.
  • Sky (18/03/2018, 08:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes @hardworking some of the bvihsa staff are very deserving but people honour who this wish it's their money, why you sound bitter though? Its up to persons to show appreciation in different ways for weeks after the hurricane and still people praise the electricity guys and others for clearing roads and stuff on fb.
  • Yep (18/03/2018, 10:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Awesome
  • Flatbush USA (18/03/2018, 12:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Again why is it tha everything that happens in my country has to be discussed with such venomous hatred? Is that what we have become, crabs fighting in a barrel? From my side of the world, it is obvious that the efforts of the BVI Corporation, not forgetting the support from their overseas counterparts , went beyond the call of what was eexpected and they deserved to be recognized. It is also true that other Department deserve to be so recognized. We could of course point our fingers at the Doctors , Nurses and the Police and of course they should be critised.. They failed us in some areas but there are those amongst them who went beyond the call of duty, leaving their families at home during the storm(s) and did not see them for days. The Water and Sewage , Fire and Rescue, Public Works and other Departments along with many ordinary citizens and residents all contributed to this amazing Recovery Process and in time I am sure their time will come. Back to the Topic let us give credit to the BVIEC. I am sure they have been criticized (you can't please everyone) but lets give them the moment. Finally as a people lets stop this nonsense of fighting over everything. VINO has offered this service of allowing us to express our selves but our bloggers have become the laughing stock of the international community. People have actually made comments to me about blogs they have read and openly wondered of the ignorance of some. Enough is enough. .
    • Dear Flatbush USA (18/03/2018, 23:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      While I agree with you, the reality is that you are wasting your breath. Our people have sadly bought into the dog eat dog tabloid culture that has been fed to them. The most we can do is pray that one day BOTH the writers and persons commenting on these articles will find enough respect for themselves and for the country, to post in a constructive manner. Until then, I suggest you keep your eyes and ears closed, for they will soon bleed. I know mine are blood shot!


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