St Ann Parish Council awards top staffers
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:
Andrea Powell-Wallace, an accounting technician with 13 years' service to the organisation, was selected employee-of-the-year at the St Ann Parish Council's inaugural awards recently.
Powell-Wallace was one of four employee-of-the-quarter winners who were shortlisted for the title and won several prizes including weekend for two at Couples Sans Souci hotel and Digicel BlackBerry phone.
The announcement of the winner was met with rousing applause as the workers who packed the St Ann's Bay Parish Church hall showed support for their affable co-worker.
"I feel elated being the first one receiving this recognition from the St Ann Parish Council," Powell-Wallace told Rural Xpress. "I think I'm doing something they appreciate."
Powell-Wallace started working at the Council in 2002 as an administrative assistant and transferred to the accounting department after four years.
She was selected ahead of Damarlie Palmer who finished second, Ingrid Palmer and Yvonne Ferguson.
Special awards were also presented to other staff members for service to the Council.
These include Orande Pink for implementing the AMANDA system at the Parish Council, and Hillary DaCosta for maintaining a perfect attendance record for a decade, during which time she was never late for work.
Secretary manager Alfred Graham said the award ceremony came from suggestions at the senior staff meetings, which are held monthly.
"We took the suggestion and started planning just over a year ago," he explained.
"We started the staff-of-the-quarter, which is done based on recommendation of the heads of department and review of the semi-annual performance appraisals that are done for each employee. From the employees-of-the -quarter, we then select an employee-of-the-year. Based on the response today you can see it is well-accepted, it went down well with our workers."
Graham said while the awards ceremony was not an indication that he was pleased with the performance of all staff members, he hoped the event would serve as a motivating factor for them.
"These who have been selected have been outstanding and we do hope that this is a motivation to others to do well."