Honesty and hard work have paid dividends for a young, unassuming gardener who won a spanking new 2013 Suzuki Celerio car at the fourth annual Secrets Resorts and Spas Christmas Staff Party. Clifton Haddo, the head gardener of the landscaping department, is the lucky car owner.
Themed Shades of Bleu, the event was held at the Montego Bay Cruise Terminal on Saturday, December 14. Haddo's car is worth approximately $2 million. Smiling broadly, Haddo approached the stage, but was stopped by co-workers who lifted and carried him onto the stage to collect the keys from general manager, Emilio Huhn, director of human resources, Andrea Allie-Thorpe and resident manager, Deryk Meany.
The most valuable gift item of the night had everybody talking and many female members of staff took advantage of photo ops with the gleaming new wheels as their backdrop.
"Executive managers played no part in the recommendation process, it was all done by department heads and staff members, and a selection followed," Huhn said, adding that Secrets would now be giving away a car every year to one lucky staff member who demonstrates the right attitude. "It's done, we've signed off on it," Huhn noted.
Described as an employee who was never absent, never complained about working overtime or on his days off, and who is an honest person, Haddo volunteered to wash the car for the party, oblivious that he was one day away from being the official owner. He had also worked more than 440 hours beyond his normal hours.
"I work very hard, and something inside kept telling me I had a good chance of winning it, but I wasn't sure. I'm very happy, so pleased, and I appreciate this gift," Haddo said
The 30-year-old father of one son, who resides in Rosemount, Montego Bay, has no driver's licence, but he said: "That a guh park a Secrets Resorts until me get mi licence. I would encourage all my co-workers to work hard and give of their best service and they will be rewarded."