Postal service fêtes retirees
of the Postal Corporation of Jamaica, Lance Hylton,
and Carolle Hainsley react to a performance during a
recent send-off ceremony. Mrs. Hainsley, who was the
runner-up in the 2006 Civil Servant of the Year Award,
went on pre-retiremen leave in February 2007.
THE INCREASED focus on staff development and welfare in
the postal service has once again created a favourable spin-off
a formal thank-you celebration to the many hard workers
who have helped develop and sustain the organisation.
The ceremony, dubbed Retirees Celebration,
was held at the picturesque Caymanas Golf and Country Club
in St. Catherine, on May 24. It included postal staff who
had retired between October 2004 and December 2006.
The short programme was ably handled by master of ceremonies
Marston Thomas,branch manager of the Half-Way Tree office
at Life of Jamaica, who kept things alive and moving.
Postmaster General Michael Gentles, after welcoming everyone,
indicated that this celebration for retired staff members
was a testimonial to the spirit of caring engendered by
the organisation. He commended the retirees for their years
of dedication to duty.
Guest speaker for the event, himself a retiree, Ivan Wally
Johnson, former principal of Kingston College (KC) and now
principal of City College on Red Hills Road, had the audience
in stitches throughout his stirring, inspirational speech.
With flashbacks aplenty in reference to his tenure at KC,
Johnson delved into the glory days and dished out a serving
of thought-provoking social commentary injected with humour.
Johnson lamented the existing societal tendency towards
ignoring the adage, it takes a village to raise a
child, and expressed his wish that all present would
embrace children within their immediate spheres of life,
sharing with them the need for developing such aspects of
appropriate social behaviour as learning how to settle disputes
amicably and other similar tenets for developing into good
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
In seeking to stimulate action by the retirees, he stated
that they could still contribute to society, urging them
to use their experience and skills in pursuit of furthering
their dreams while doing what they relish.
Presentations to the retirees were made by Postmaster General
Michael Gentles, Post Corp Chairman Lance Hylton, retired
Postmaster General Dr. Blossom OMeally-Nelson and
Sorting Office Manager Eileen Stephenson. The inaugural
official send-off was held in 2004 and so this
event, sponsored jointly by the Postal Corporation of Jamaica
and Post and Telecommunications Department, highlighted
the intent of the postal services human resource management
unit to spearhead a number of moraleboosting initiatives
intended to further energise staff.