Some 58 retirees have been challenged to keep adding valuable service to their communities through avenues such as the mentoring of youngsters.
The call was made at a Retiree Awards Gala by keynote speaker, Rev. Rohan Ambersley on Thursday, December 1 at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon. The event was organized by the Clarendon Health Services in an effort to recognize and award the retirees who had given up to 42 years of service to health care delivery within the parish.
Rev. Ambersley who is also the CEO for Gas Pro Jamaica told the retirees that their talent, energy and experience are still needed to add value to the development of their community and country.
“Take some time and rest, take some time and reflect and refuel because we still need your drive. You have a lot of wisdom and experience to pass on. Find someone you can mentor in your community. Find a youngster you can speak some sense into because your words will make a positive difference. Find a young person you can talk to because as you rest you are refueling so that you can pass on fuel to the next generation” he added.
Turning to current employees, Rev. Ambersley encouraged them to give of their best because of their responsibility to add value in service and transform lives. “Ensure you fulfill your responsibility and generate positive results” the CEO noted.
For his part, Regional Director for the Southern Regional Health Authority, Mr. Michael Bent lauded the retirees for their valuable years of service to the health sector. He pointed out that the retirees have made many sacrifices to give valuable service and should be treated with sustained dignity.
Mrs. Sonia Pollack-Young who retired as a Chief Public Health Inspector and served for 38 years in health care thanked the Clarendon Health Services on behalf of the retirees for recognizing and awarding their services to the parish of Clarendon. She added that such a gesture is greatly appreciated.
Three retirees, Marline Leslie-Lowe, Cecil Godfrey, Lilieth Smith were awarded posthumously for their services to the Clarendon Health Department of 21 years, 29 years to the Lionel Town Hospital and 37 years to the Chapelton Hospital respectively.