The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The buzz and ex­cite­ment was preva­lent on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 4th, 2015 as se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, direc­tors, CEO Mark Adams, owner Gary “Butch” Hen­drick­son, man­age­ment and staff gath­ered for an­other gala stag­ing of Co­conut Bay Beach Re­sort & Spa An­nual Staff Awards. The event has been staged ev­ery year since the in­cep­tion of the property. It pro­vides an oc­ca­sion for the owner of the re­sort to rec­og­nize and award staff for their con­tri­bu­tion to the ho­tel oper­a­tions and suc­cess dur­ing the con­clud­ing year.

The 2015 edi­tion of the staff awards marked the tenth year that this event has been staged. Dur­ing this year’s awards, seven­teen staff mem­bers were rec­og­nized un­der the cat­e­gory of ex­cel­lence for Depart­ment Em­ployee of the Year. This award prize com­prised allinclu­sive week­ends for two at high-end re­sorts around Saint Lucia along with boat rides. The sec­ond group of awards fell within the cat­e­gory of Spe­cial Awards and fea­tured the fol­low­ing: Spirit of Co­conut Bay, Trip Ad­vi­sor Award, Best Smile of the Year, Un­sung Hero, Rookie of the Year, Front of the House, Back of the House, GM’s Award, and Depart­ment of the Year. Apart from the Depart­ment of the Year (Restau­rant) which won a tro­phy and boat ride, in­di­vid­ual win­ners in the re­spec­tive ar­eas listed above won a range of prize pack­ages of two to four items com­pris­ing tele­vi­sions, fridges, cash, tablets and stoves.

Some of the re­cip­i­ents of the ten Spe­cial Awards were: Spirit of Co­conut Bay – Michi Joseph, Smile of the Year – Maryanne Man­gal, Un­sung Hero – Leonard David and Man­ager of the Year – Christina Gyan.

In ad­di­tion, spe­cial prizes of a watch each from Columbian Emer­alds were pre­sented to thirty long-serv­ing staff mem­bers who have been with the ho­tel since its in­cep­tion date of 27th, March, 2005. Win­ners in all prize cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing long-serv­ing staff mem­bers, were handed cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Quite apart from the fo­cus on recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion, the An­nual Staff Awards pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for strength­en­ing work re­la­tion­ships, con­sol­i­dat­ing the Co­conut Bay ‘fam­ily spirit’ and recom­mit­ment to the Co­conut Bay ideal of ex­cel­lence in ser­vice and prod­uct.

An elated staff mem­ber walks away with a 32” flat

screen tele­vi­sion.

Long-serv­ing staff mem­ber Veron­ica Henry with

Owner, Mr. Gary “Butch” Hen­drick­son.

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