Se­crets Re­sorts re­wards schol­ars

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MAIN­TAIN­ING THEIR fo­cus on im­pact­ing lives, the man­age­ment of Se­crets Re­sorts and Spas has once again awarded schol­ar­ships to six of their em­ploy­ees’ chil­dren.

The schol­ar­ships have an over­all value of $300,000, with $50,000 dis­bursed to each child to as­sist with their ed­u­ca­tional pur­suits.

For the past five years, the Mon­tego Bay-based twin re­sort has been award­ing a num­ber of their staffs mem­bers’ chil­dren with schol­ar­ships on con­di­tion that they per­form sat­is­fac­to­rily in their Grade Six Achieve­ment Test (GSAT).

The em­ploy­ees col­lected the

schol­ar­ships on their chil­dren’s be­half dur­ing the re­sort’s re­cent stag­ing of their Em­ployee and Leader of the Quar­ter Medal Cer­e­mony, where more than 30 staff mem­bers were pre­sented with gifts.

The cer­e­mony mir­rored an Olympics-style gold, sil­ver and bronze medal pre­sen­ta­tions. Em­ploy­ees and su­per­vi­sors stood at a podium and were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates, gifts and the medals. The place­ments rep­re­sented their level of per­for­mance over the past quar­ter.

AS­SIST­ING AM­BI­TIONS

Paulette Richards, Wendy McKay and Stephine Solomon said that the funds would be de­posited in an in­vest­ment in­stru­ment to as­sist with their chil­dren’s ter­tiary am­bi­tions.

“I was con­fi­dent my son had a good chance at be­ing se­lected, but when this was con­firmed my im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion was, ‘Wow, I knew it!’ I feel good and my son is also happy. I’m very thank­ful to Se­crets,” Richards noted.

It was a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion from McKay: “My son needed a lap­top

to do his school­work. When he found out he was se­lected, he said, ‘Mommy, fi­nally, you’re go­ing to get me a lap­top’.” She said she was grate­ful to Se­crets man­age­ment for all they have been do­ing, and con­tinue to do, for their staff.

Solomon is equally grate­ful to Se­crets for ex­tend­ing their gen­eros­ity to em­ploy­ees.

The cer­e­mony was held un­der the theme: ‘Go for the Goal’ and

guest speaker Kingston-based at­tor­ney Emile Leiba’s ad­dress held the au­di­ence cap­tive.

Leiba en­cour­aged the em­ploy­ees to set short-, medium- and longterm goals and be driven and fo­cused to achieve them.

“The best way to achieve this is to di­vide your long-term goal into a se­ries of short-term goals. You are more likely to stick to an ob­jec­tive when it seems achiev­able,” he rea­soned.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS

Se­crets Re­sorts and Spas staff mem­bers show off their cheques af­ter re­ceiv­ing them from Luis Manuel Her­nan­dez (left), Se­cret’s own­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and Emilio Huhn (right), gen­eral man­ager. The staff (from sec­ond left) are Wendy McKay; Tyrune Clarke; Stephine Solomon; Paulette Richards; Deneca Brown and Tanya Wheeler.

Res­i­dent man­ager at Se­crets Re­sorts and Spas, Deryk Meany (left), in a jovial mood with Emile Leiba (cen­tre), Kingston-based at­tor­ney, and An­drea Allie-Thorpe, the re­sort’s hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, at the re­cent Em­ployee and Leader of the Quar­ter medal cer­e­mony.

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