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 Deputy Governor's 2021 Awards

The 2021 round of the Deputy Governor’s Award Programme culminated on 1 November 2022 with a gala awards ceremony at which the Cayman Islands Government 2021 Employee of the Year was announced. Before Strategic HR Officer Lareta Mack was revealed as the Employee of the Year, awards were given to the 12 CIG Employees of the Month, who were finalists. Four teams from across the Civil Service also received special Moments of Magic awards.

The Deputy Governor’s Award Programme was launched in 2012. The DG’s aim was to identify and recognise civil servants who embody the vision, purpose, mission and values of the Cayman Islands Government, and whose activities help to advance the goals of the Civil Service’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The Deputy Governor and the Cayman Islands Government salute 2021 CIG Employee of the Year Lareta Mack and the other individuals and teams who deliver excellence every day, living out our purpose of Making Lives Better.

“We won’t be world-class without our amazing civil servants. It is not the laws and policies and procedures that make us world-class; it is our staff.”

 

- Hon. Franz Manderson, Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service

Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson

Employee of the Year - Lareta Mack

Employee of the Year Lareta Mack receives award from Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson and POCS Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon

Lareta Mack could not hold back the tears as she accepted her accolades as the Cayman Islands Government Employee of the Year for 2021on Tuesday, 1 November.

Mrs Mack, Strategic HR Officer in the Portfolio of the Civil Service, was recognised for the strategic goal of Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience.  Portfolio of the Civil Service Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon explained that she had chosen Mrs Mack as her Chief Officer’s Choice because of “the amazing customer service that she delivers each and every day [as] a consummate professional who brings her passion to work.”

Mrs Mack’s duties include payroll processing and data analytics for the over 4,000 civil servants, and she is often called upon to provide guidance to HR personnel across departments.

She shared that she is driven by the knowledge that what she does affects the lives of each employee and their ability to manage themselves and their dependents. “It doesn’t matter where I am, whether I’m sick or on vacation or at the dentist,” she said. “If I can stop to help, I’m going to stop. If it’s something that I can action then, I’m going to do it. I think just getting it done can benefit them sooner than later.”


Employee of the Year Finalists

CIG Employee of the Year Finalists with His Excellency The Governor, Martyn Roper

There were 12 finalists who qualified for the Employee of the Year Award. Over the courase of 2021 these officers were initially nominated by a colleague, endorsed by their Chief Officer and ultimately selected as Employee of the Month by the Deputy Governor.

All finalists as well as Chief Officer’s Choice Award recipients were recognised at the ceremony. Attendees heard of the work, attributes and impact of each nominee.

Sherelle Clarke - January
 
January
 
Sherelle Clarke
HR Systems and Payroll Manager, Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience
 

Lareta Mack - February
 
February
 
Lareta Mack
Strategic HR Officer, Portfolio of the Civil Service 
 
Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience
 

Lenford Wilks - March
 
March
 
Lenford Wilks
Video Production Specialist, Department of Communications

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience
 

Michael Ebanks, April
 
April
 
Michael Ebanks
Assistant Employment Services Officer, Employment & Border Control 

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience

Denise Anderson - May
 
May
 
Denise Anderson
Sergeant, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service

Developing Exceptional Leadership
 

Erika Bodden - June
 
June
 
Erika Bodden
Senior Customs & Border Control Officer, Department of Customs & Border Control   

Developing Exceptional Leadership
 

Kim Berry - July
 
July
 
Kim Berry
Accounts Payable Supervisor, Department of Tourism
 

Developing Exceptional Leadership

Ileana Marin
 
August
 
Ileana Marin
Administrator, Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience

Estina Hamil - September
 
September
 
Estina Hamil
Customs & Border Control Officer, Department of Customs & Border Control 
 
Demonstrating Excellence in Governance Practices

Hugh Bush - October
 
October
 
Hugh Bush
Leading Seaman, Cayman Islands Coast Guard

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience

Kacey Mobley - November
 
November
 
Kacey Mobley
Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Home Affairs

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience

Olsie Jackson - December
 
December
 
Olsie Jackson
Accounts Officer, Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman

Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience


Moments of Magic

The Moments of Magic awards recognised four teams whose work during 2021 demonstrated how the Civil Service Makes Lives Better.

Ministry of Border Control & Labour
 
Ministry of Border Control & Labour
Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience - Working to keep Cayman safe during COVID-19
 

Chief Officer Wesley Howell and Chief HR Officer Briana Ebanks accept a Moments of Magic Award for the Ministry of Border Control and Labour.

 

 

 

 

 

Civil Service College
 
Civil Service College
Developing Exceptional Leadership & Pursuing Excellence in Talent Development – Delivering innovative programmes for civil servants and youth leaders
 

Civil Service College Director Graeme Jackson collects a Moment of Magic award form the DG, on behalf of the College. CSC staffers (L-R) Monique Malcolm, Marie Pride and Joanna Bond share the moment, along with PoCS Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon. 

 

 

 

JGHS, LSHS, Lighthouse School
 
Ministry of Education
Moving the needle – John Gray High, Layman E. Scott High & the Lighthouse School: ‘Good School’ rating from the Office of Education Standards
 
Representatives from John Gray High, Layman E. Scott High and the Lighthouse School with the DG (4th left) and Education Ministry officials.
 
 
 
Portfolio of the Civil Service
 
HR Data Team in the Portfolio of the Civil Service
Pursuing Excellence in Talent Development – Launching the CIG careers portal 
 
 
Strategic HR Policy Advisor Jo Richards (4th left) accepts the award. Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon (left) and members of the team were present.

 

 

 

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