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Shelda Seymour proudly displays certificates for securing both Chief Officer’s Choice and Employee of the Month December 2017. She is being flanked Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Director of NAU Tamara Hurlston (right). Acting Chief Officer of Community Affairs Teresa Echenique and Deputy Director NAU Matthew Hylton (left).

"I have watched your growth and development over the years..."

Acting Chief Officer Teresa Echenique

Published 19th February 2018, 8:8am

Shelda Seymour is the Cayman Islands Government Employee of the Month for December 2017.

Mrs Seymour, an Accounts Officer II in the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU), was recognised for being Most Devoted. She began her long and illustrious service on 5 February 1990 as a Clerical Officer in the then-Finance & Development Department.

In 1994 she was transferred to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to work in the Licensing Department, and three years later moved to the Department of Children and Family Services (formerly the Department of Social Services). She earned a promotion to Accounts Officer IV in 2006. Mrs Seymour was seconded to the Needs Assessment Unit in 2013 and three years later she was promoted there to Accounts Officer II.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson congratulated Acting Chief Officer Teresa Echenique and NAU Director Tamara Hurlston for recognising the Department's hard-working employees: "Your diligence and professional ability are on display every day as you work to make the Needs Assessment Unit a World-Class Unit."

While presenting the certificate, Mr Manderson noted the many reasons why Mrs Seymour was selected for Employee of the Month.

"It's committed officers like you whose hard work enables the Unit to function at its best. You are known to accept last-minute accounting tasks in response to any urgent need that may arise, often working after hours and on weekends to ensure that the needs of Clients are met," he said.

Mr Manderson continued, "Your role in the NAU allows you to make the lives of those you serve better, including the most vulnerable in our society. It is obvious from your excellent performance that you take your role very seriously and work hard to exceed the expectations of our customers. You've seen first-hand the needs of some of the families who are served by the NAU, which has driven your commitment to becoming a Foster Parent to ensure that these neglected children are adequately cared for. Volunteering for this critical role in the community demonstrates your care and concern for your people and your devotion to the Unit's mission."

Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs, Teresa Echenique also thanked Mrs Seymour for her service, saying, "I have watched your growth and development over the years and as such your dedication to our organisation and country is exemplary. You are truly deserving of this recognition. Thank you for all you do."