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Old Dame honours long-serving staffers

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Margarette Nembhard poses with the plaque she received for completing 45 years of service to The Gleaner during the company's annual long-service awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Ian Allen/Photographer

Her faith in God and a passion for what she does are the ingredients Margarette Nembhard says have contributed to her 45 years of service to The Gleaner Company.

Nembhard, supervisor of administration in the Circulation Department, headed the list of those honoured yesterday during The Gleaner's Annual Long Service Awards and Pensioners' Luncheon for contributing from 10 to 45 years to the 180-year-old company.

She gave credit to her family, adding that it was important that persons pursue their passion.

"I feel fulfilled, and this is because I love what I do. I know nothing else but The Gleaner and I have no regrets," she said.

"My encouragement to young people, especially, is to love what you do, because if you go into a career primarily for monetary gains, you will not be content. Have faith in God, work hard and watch how the seed will grow," he said.

Gleaner Managing Director Christopher Barnes, in an emotional address, congratulated the company's staff for their years of sacrifice and dedication.

"I couldn't have asked for a better team. You are the individuals who make it happen and are the foundation on which this company continues to shine. I am humbled by the hard work and the teamwork we all continue to display, and it's a great feeling to be here today," he said.

Guest speaker Douglas Orane, director of the GraceKennedy Group of Companies, urged persons to plan for their retirement.

"Don't be caught in the trap of persons who wait till they're 59 to plan for their retirement," said Orane, who is also a director of The Gleaner Company. "Be wise and practise how to budget properly."

Orane charged: "When you retire, get involved. Don't think you are too old to learn about the new social media networks and the other technological initiatives. Immerse yourselves in it, because that is where the world is going. Never forget to give back and try to assist at least one young person, so they, too, can be guided."