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Secrets Resorts Awards Scholars

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 11:01 PM
Deryk Meany (left), resident manager; Walkiria Rodriquez (fourth left), financial controller; and Andrea Allie-Thorpe (fifth left), director of human resources, pose with staff recipients representing various departments (from second left), Marjorie Brown; Kerry-Ann Edwards-Mullings; Anthony Salmon; Tasha-Leigh Cole-Lemonias; and Curtis Messado, at the presentation ceremony.
Odaine Bailey (centre), who works in the public areas of the resort, collects a toaster oven from Oscar Ramirez (left), director of rooms, for placing third in the Employees of the Month for May category. Financial controller Walkiria Rodriquez looks on.
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The management of Secrets Resorts and Spas has announced that it will continue awarding scholarships towards the educational development of its staff and their children.

This is as a result of the high staff motivation, staff appreciation and a high staff-retention rate, which the twin resorts' manage-ment says is encouraging.

"Our employees see it as the resorts' social contribution to our workforce and society. It motivates and challenges the staff to always give of their best," said Andrea Allie-Thorpe, human resources director, in reference to the resorts' recent awarding of five scholarships to the children of five staff members, each valued at $50,000.

The scholarships are awarded annually to children who have scored an average of 90 per cent and higher in their Grade Six Achievement Test and those earning at least five distinctions in Caribbean Examinations Council-administered exams or a 3.8 grade point average at the tertiary level.

"Whatever it takes, we

are willing to continue the programme," Allie-Thorpe said.

She is optimistic that some

of the scholarship recipients who have or will be future beneficiaries, could become future employees at Secrets Resorts.

General Manager Emilio Huhn said it is important to give back to the staff and the community in which Secrets Resorts operates, as well as contribute to other social projects internally and externally.

"We are here to stay and to create an impact. Jamaica has been very good to us," Huhn said.