Maintenance Supervisor Allan Mitchell and Demi Chef de Partie Ellis Thomas are Spice Island Beach Resort’s Supervisor and Employee of the Year respectively for 2012.
Every January, the resort’s management team selects the Supervisor of the Year from quarterly winners throughout the previous year, while all managers and supervisors cast their votes for the Employee of the Year.
“I felt really good!” said the long-serving supervisor with 15 years of service. “I was not expecting anything because when I go to work, I don’t work for any awards. But once you work hard and meet deadlines and maintain the standard, that is what will be the result,” Mitchell further explained.
Like Mitchell, Ellis Thomas is no stranger to awards, having won Employee of the Month as well as the Kitchen’s annual department award before.
“It was wonderful, great and nice to know that I did well for the year. Everyone said congrats and that I deserve it but it was a surprise to me because I wasn’t looking out for nothing like this,” he explained. Mr Thomas is a great example of the benefits of personal development, which is one of the core values of the resort. Having first been employed as a Steward, he was promoted twice, most recently in December to his present position.
“From cooking on the beach to cooking for a fine dining restaurant, this has been a big step,” he reflected. His advice to his colleagues is to “work, learn, don’t just stay one place and complain. Once you reach there, then you going to get what you deserve. Put yourself and your mind to it.”
Darvina Matthew finished as runner up to the Employee of the Year for her performance as Reservations & Wedding Coordinator in addition to working as a Receptionist in the Front Office department.
Also announced were winners of the Chairman’s, Guest Service Champion, Service Behaviour, Department Performance Recognition and Special Recognition Awards.
Chosen by the resort’s owner Sir Royston Hopkin, the prestigious Chairman’s Award was presented to last year’s Supervisor of the Year – Sous Chef Mrs Brenda Joseph for the significant contribution she continues to make to the Kitchen’s operation.
For the first time, Food & Beverage Service Supervisor Allister Welsh walked away with the Guest Service Champion prize. His personality and focus on their satisfaction made an impact on guests. Runner up was last year’s winner Cristell Richardson, Cocktail Waitress, also from the Food & Beverage department.
Sheena Gellineau and Kim McSween were chosen winners of the Service Behaviour award for their excellent service skills.
Performance Recognition winners for each department were:- Mary Jones – Laundry Attendant in Housekeeping, Reynold Noel – Maintenance Handyman, Ron Griffith– Food & Beverage Captain, Wendy Simon – Front Office Receptionist, Nyron Phillip – Pastry Cook and Mavis Stafford-Mitchell – Spa Therapist.
Rounding out the honour roll of annual awardees were Front Office Supervisor Hermian Griffith, Deputy Executive Housekeeper Dianne Mungo and Food & Beverage Cost Controller Andres Richard. They were all recognized for their consistently good performance in 2012.
In his opening remarks, Sir Royston thanked everyone for their contribution in making the resort known as one of the best in the world and urged all employees to always strive for excellence. He commended the management team for providing leadership and noted that the resort has strengthened its position due to the discipline which is maintained at every level of the Company.