Top Employee Named
The Department of Education's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Systems Administrator, Nicholas McLean, has emerged victorious from among 11 highly accomplished civil servants nominated for the Deputy Governor's Employee of the Year award.
Acting Governor Hon. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP, revealed at the award's presentation reception at Government House on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 that it was no easy task to arrive at the decision, but that it was also pleasing to have such a talented pool of Civil Servants to choose from. "I am very happy with the decision," he commented.
Mr. Manderson noted that the awards scheme showcases hardworking, dedicated, and innovative civil servants to their peers in the civil service as well as the Cayman Islands people.
He said he was "exceptionally proud" to be the head of a civil service that contained the calibre of the finalists that characterised the awards programme.
While some criticised civil servants, Mr. Manderson said, in reality, most provided good service to thousands of people on a daily basis without complaint.
He added that the tremendous talent that is available in the civil service deserves recognition and that was a substantial reason behind the awards.
Acting Deputy Governor, Hon. Mary Rodrigues, JP, emphasised that, in addition to being the biggest employer in the Islands, Government has the critical role of striving to provide the best service it possibly can.
Ms Rodriguez outlined the process for selecting the Employee of the Year, which included selections by Chief Officers along the way. She too applauded the work of all civil servants with strong public sector values, and said that the finalists were among the best upholders of their departments' missions and visions.
The finalists were also exemplary employees who left a lasting and positive impression on their peers and colleagues, she noted. She was especially proud of Mr. McLean, who as a Systems Administrator with the Education Department is one of her Ministry's own, she said.
The nomination form stated that Mr. McLean exemplifies all of the expectations of the ideal worker and that his work ethics are unsurpassed. He has never been absent from work and has never missed a deadline. Mr. McLean often puts in extra hours, without being asked to, and was described as being a problem-solver. He has never received a negative report and exceeds expectations by constantly looking for ways to alleviate problems, approaching his work with zeal, enthusiasm and dedication.
Responding to his selection, Mr. McLean said, "I am really humbled by the presentation of this award. It has definitely caught me by surprise. As a fairly new civil servant I have now been able to get an inside perspective of what goes on, and have noticed that there are many civil servants who work hard, putting in long hours, that are also deserving of recognition.
"I would have to say that this award is a collective win for the entire Ministry of Education's ICT Team, as without their help, along with that of John Gray High School's Principal, who is also here tonight as a fellow Employee of the Month Awardee, it would be much more difficult to do my job."
He also encouraged students to fully use all the resources at their disposal in their studies. (The full text of Mr. McLean's response is attached.)
The other finalists were:
Ms Lyneth Monteith, Mr. Michael Myles and Mr. Robert Llamas (all Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs);
Mr. Michael Godfrey, Mr. Selburn Christian and Ms Azzelia Watler (all Ministry of Finance and Economic Development);
Ms Dausea Scott, Mr. Mark Luke and Ms Tamara Hurlston (all Ministry of Home and Community Affairs); and
Mr. Mark Orr (Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment).
Remarks by Nicholas McLean
Nicholas McLean August 28, 2013
With protocol already having been established, I'll just say a pleasant good evening to all.
Wow! To say this is an honor to be the recipient of this award is an understatement. I feel privileged just to be here grouped along with the other Employee of the Month Awardees, fellow civil servants of the highest caliber.
My grandfather always said that it's best to be thought a fool than to open our mouth and remove all doubt, so I'll keep this short.
I am really humbled by the presentation of this award. It has definitely caught me by surprise. As a fairly new civil servant I have now been able to get an inside perspective of what goes on and have noticed that there are many civil servants who work hard, putting in long hours, that are also deserving of recognition.
I would have to say that this award is a collective win for the entire Ministry of Education's ICT Team, as without their help, along with that of John Gray High School's Principal, who is also here tonight as a fellow Employee of the Month Awardee, it would be much more difficult to do my job.
When I first start in this position, I quickly realized that IT, or ICT as it is referred to in the school system, is now far more heavily integrated in the curriculum than it was in the past, spanning the various subjects. It was at that time I found out I really had my work cut out for me.
It is rewarding working at the John Gray High School being able to provide staff and students with necessary ICT equipment and services. I encourage each and every one of the students to make full use of all resources, ICT and otherwise, that are at their disposal for the enhancement of their school studies.
Last school year, John Gray High School initiated the High 5 program, the 5 core values expected by students and staff alike. These are Respect, Right Time, Right Place, Responsibility, & Achievement.
After thinking about it, I realized how they complement my own personal values and work ethic.
By the nature of my job and the person that I am, I'm really a behind the scenes type of person. I hope the presentation of this award with serve as an example to students to in some way inspire and motivate them to focus on their studies and strive every day to be the best student they can.
Once again thank you and goodnight.
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