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Serving with Distinction

GIS Information Officer Cornelia Olivier - one of five recipients of this yearís Governorís FACE awards

Cornelia Olivier: Serving with Distinction

Her easygoing disposition belies a highly energetic and conscientious worker who takes service to clients and colleagues very seriously.

That is why few who have interacted with GIS Information Officer Cornelia Olivier during her almost four years of service are surprised by her recent achievement.

She is one of five recipients of this year's Governor's FACE awards.

"Cornelia really deserves this level of recognition," said GIS Managing Editor Wosila Rochester.

"What makes her standout is her overall approach; she demonstrates so much enthusiasm and commitment to getting the job done to the client's satisfaction. And going the extra mile is what she does as a matter of course," she added.

"Clients have come to rely on her dependability. They know she will listen carefully but they also accept her advisory role, respecting the fact that her professionalism will sometimes see her stating contrary perspectives," Ms Rochester said.

A native of South Africa and a graduate of Potchefstroom University, Cornelia is the consummate team player. She never hesitates to pitch in and assist colleagues or otherwise benefit the unit or her clients.

And Cornelia's abilities have seen her assigned to a number of major projects. She has been GIS' lead communications specialist on projects such as the Constitutional Review, Freedom of Information, the European Union Forum, and much more.

FOI Unit Co-ordinator Carol Excel for whose unit Cornelia has provided communications support since its inception two years ago, said: "I am really proud of the honour bestowed on Cornelia; the award is justly deserved.

"She has assisted us with just about everything, including our publications and the development of a communications strategy. She also sits on our committee and assists in planning the annual Sunshine Week as well as many other items which are not even in her job description," Ms Excel said.

"I have found her to be an out-of-the-box thinker and her contributions have certainly helped to give our unit the success it has enjoyed to date." Another client noted, "Cornelia is exceptionally helpful, intelligent, efficient and supportive. She is one of the few persons who really seems to understand the immediacy of the modern media and the need to get information promptly.

As someone who likes to stay in the background so her clients can shine, Cornelia admits to finding the attention generated by the FACE award "wonderful-but just a little scary.

"It has been a real honour to serve my clients and the people of Cayman, "she said, noting that it is she's somewhat amazed to receive recognition for just doing her job to the best of her ability.

"I do enjoy the opportunity to provide my clients with effective and efficient service, as my goal is always to make them feel that they can approach me with anything," she said.

She attributes her tenacity and discipline, traits well-known by her colleagues, to her athletic drive; she is both a marathon and triathlon competitor, as well as a scuba instructor.

Cornelia also balances her career with family life. This Friday (23 January) she celebrates 10 years of marriage to husband TJ and is also the proud mom of two boys, Dominic, four and Julian who is two.

For further information contact: Prudence Barnes