Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann:THE ST ANN Health Department last week paid tribute to several retired workers who have served the health sector, some for as many as 50 years, in a ceremony at Jewel Runaway Bay hotel in St Ann.
The 'Vanguards of Health' ceremony saw nine of the 15 persons on the list to be honoured turning up for the occasion.
Several of the awardees had retired, but were rehired and continued giving outstanding service to the health sector.
Among them were nurses Cynthia Wilson, Florence Pink and Lorrel Asher, each of whom have served 51 years; public health inspectors Ewin Hawthorne and Wadsworth Watson, 50 and 46 years, respectively; nurses Alene Walker, Albin Burnett and Daphne Lee-Hall, 38, 36 and 32 years, respectively.
Asher and Pink received national recognition in October when they were awarded Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service in the field of health.
The other set of retirees had regional environmental health officer Granville McKenzie leading with 40 years, Yvonne Brady, records officer, and Gloria Howard, midwife, each with 39 years; Virgo Norman, pest controller, 34 years; drivers Ertis Whyte and Lincoln Nelson, 23 and 18 years, respectively; and Enid Moncrieffe, technician assistant, 22 years.
Mention was made of Yvonne Brady, who lives in Trelawny and has travelled to work in St Ann's Bay every workday for the 39 years she worked.
Guest speaker Conroy Ward, National Commercial Bank branch manager, Brown's Town, praised the contributions of the workers, saying they have laid the foundation for significant development in the sector.
Kind words also came from medical officer for St Ann, Dr Deborah Weir, Human Resources Director Gloria Fenton-Rose and Board Chairman Leon Gordon, who said the regional body, North East Regional Health Authority, and the Ministry of Health are appreciative of their contribution.