Press Release

Office of the Deputy Governor
Release Date:
Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 4:06pm

Forty one public officers who have portrayed exceptional performance are the recipients of the 2016 Public Service Excellence Award.

The officers were awarded at a gala prize-giving ceremony held on Thursday, September 29 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Commuity College Campus.

His Excellency the Governor John S. Duncan, OBE congratulated the winners and the nominees for the second annual event.  He stated that with the continued support of Government and the hard working men and women of the public service, the award programme will continue to be meaningful and successful.

In speaking to the recipients the Governor said, “The fact that you have been nominated shows that you are doing a spectacular job and that your peers and managers are noticing. Continue on that positive path, motivate others, and continue to build yourself so this year’s award is not a one-off event.”

He applauded public officers for their meaningful role in the society, and said “Your jobs are not easy; public servants work with limited resources and are asked to meet our Territory’s ever growing demand for public services and satisfy increasing expectations. You do not work for personal enrichment, but the satisfaction which comes from serving your community and your country and making the world a better place. I applaud your efforts, and encourage you to continue performing at your very best.”

Awardees were recognised in the seven categories.  They are Excellence in Leadership, Administrative Support, Organisational Development, Personal and Professional Development, Scientific/Engineering and Technological Achievements, Volunteering, Heroism and Service to Clients.

Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE; Acting Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs. Carolyn Stoutt Igwe and Director of Human Resources, Mrs. Michelle Donovan Stevens also delivered congratulatory remarks.

Mr. Meade Malone, the Managing Director of MWM Global Holdings Ltd. delivered the keynote address and encouraged all present to focus on excellence.

The Public Service Excellence Award aims to improve employee morale and award exceptional performance across all levels of Government.

It features an open nomination process and includes the recognition of senior management such as permanent secretaries and heads of department, in addition to support staff and middle management for various awards. 

Also important is the fact that each Ministerial Selection Committee selected their representative in the various awards categories.  The programme was launched on February 9 by His Excellency the Governor Mr. John S. Duncan, OBE.

The Public Service Excellence Award is administered by the Department of Human Resources and replaces the Employee of the Quarter Programme.


Colene A. Penn

Head of Communications
Recovery and Development Agency
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