San­dals Re­sorts – The­atre for the Per­form­ing Arts

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional con­tin­ues to play a ma­jor role in the de­vel­op­ment of the creative re­source on is­land. Fresh from what has be­come the great­est re­sort show within the in­dus­try - the San­dals Pres­tige Awards - team mem­bers across the three re­sorts in Saint Lu­cia are back in cau­cus al­ready plan­ning to bet­ter their ef­forts ahead of next year's event.

As a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor and player within the tourism sec­tor in Saint Lu­cia for over two decades, it is not un­usual to ex­pect that the name San­dals is syn­ony­mous with the cre­ation of lux­ury in­cluded world class hol­i­days and va­ca­tions of a life­time. To its team mem­bers who have a nat­u­ral skill and ex­cel in the per­form­ing arts, San­dals is more than just a job. It pro­vides a full time creative space for ex­pres­sion for those team mem­bers who are se­ri­ous about the per­form­ing arts. Ev­ery night these team mem­bers put on their stage per­son­al­i­ties, get into cos­tume and wait for the cur­tain call.

Gen­eral Man­ager of the San­dals Grande St Lu­cian Spa and Beach Re­sort, Win­ston An­der­son, in speak­ing af­ter the 9th An­nual Pres­tige Awards, ac­knowl­edged that “San­dals pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for my tal­ented staff to per­form at the high­est level and to hone their craft. Among the many tal­ented cast are dancers, singers and pro­duc­tion peo­ple. My team mem­bers love what they do. And I look for­ward to giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to be the best they can be whether they are per­form­ing for team mem­bers like them­selves, or for our over­seas guests".

Com­ing at the end of suc­cess­ful per­for­mances that had al­ready been pro­duced by San­dals Hal­cyon Beach Re­sort and San­dals Re­gency Golf Re­sort and Spa, team mem­bers from the San­dals Grande St Lu­cian Spa & Beach Re­sort went all out to present an un­for­get­table event which fea­tured a rich staff cast who were be­hind the scenes as well as front and cen­tre stage.

Regional En­ter­tain­ment Man­ager Trevor King ap­pre­ci­ated the hard work of the team, stat­ing proudly, “The pro­duc­tion el­e­ments: the stage, set de­sign, light­ing, and props were all en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and made from re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. Team mem­bers con­trib­uted to this ef­fort sig­nif­i­cantly.”

Amidst a flurry of per­for­mances, win­ners were an­nounced in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: San­dals Grande St. Lu­cian Spa and Beach Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager Win­ston An­der­son crowned Jam­mer Georges from the En­ter­tain­ment Depart­ment as its Di­a­mond Team Mem­ber of 2016, while the Plat­inum Team Mem­ber award, pre­sented by Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Dorsea Law­sonDaniel, went to but­ler Wil­bert Thomp­son.

Other win­ners in­cluded: Trudy Poleon, Kitchen – All Rounder of The Year; Vi­talis Smith, Grounds – Leg­endary Team Mem­ber; Leonard Jules, Main­te­nance – Earth Guardian; Re­sort Shop – San­dals Sen­tinel; Janelle An­drew, Spa – Money Maker; Neville Atille, En­ter­tain­ment – Peo­ple's Choice; Jac­que­line Moses, House Keep­ing – Heart of House; The­cla Browne, Grounds – Pace Set­ter; House Keep­ing Depart­ment – Depart­ment of the Year; Mar­cus Delice, Main­te­nance – Man­ager of the Year.

Depart­ment of the Year – House­keep­ing.

San­dals award win­ners.

Di­a­mond team mem­ber Jam­mer Georges re­ceives his award from Gen­eral Man­ager Win­ston An­der­son.

Wil­bert Thomp­son (right) earned the Plat­inum Team Mem­ber award for his ser­vices as but­ler.

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