Senior manager of the government’s ICT unit, Jermaine Jean Pierre, is Dominica’s 2014 public officer of the year.
Jean Pierre was awarded at an Excellence in Public Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony held at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday night, under the theme: “An Efficient Service, A Sustainable Future”.
She also won the award for Most Outstanding Senior Manager of the Year.
“I am definitely excited to have received these awards,” Jean Pierre told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Friday.
She said she was surprised to receive the award for Public Officer of the Year and the period for which she was awarded was “a rather challenging time” for her but her hard work, dedication and commitment paid off.
“I was sick for a period of time, but was able to come back and be the same dedicated and committed officer,” she remarked.”
“I know I was nominated for Most Outstanding Senior Manager of the Year and the Public Service Officer of the year was something that came as a surprise. I wasn’t aware I was nominated for it,” Jean Pierre explained.
A number of public service officers were recognized for their excellent performance and seventy- eight long serving officers who have retired, were also recognized for their “tremendous” contribution to transformation and change in the public sector.
Winner of the theme award and Senior Officer Award, Lydia Capitolin- Toussaint, said that she is “a bit excited; elated and very pleased that I came out as a winner.”
There was an element of surprise, “but it’s more of a hope that has been fulfilled,” Toussaint revealed.
She has been attached to the Establishment, Personnel and Training Department as an executive officer for over two years.
The Sports Division in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Constituency Empowerment was also awarded as the winner of sporting competition organized by public service.
Senior Sports officer, Yehudi John received the award on behalf of the Sports Division.
“I am very happy on behalf of the department that we were able to receive the award, because it tells us that in spite of the fact that we are doing a job for the development of sports on the island that we are still capable of performing in the capacity of athletes as well,” John told DNO.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Esther Thomas urged nominees to continue the hard work for the benefit of Dominica.
“To the retirees your creativity and experience will be certainly missed. However, we know that you are close by to lend advice when called upon,” she said.
The Observance of Public Service Day was initiated in 1999 with major objectives to recognize excellence in the delivery and performance of services with a view to improving efficiency.
Below is the list of other awardees.