BMOTA Honors Seventeen Retirees

Seventeen Retirees acknowledged for longevity and outstanding contributions to the Ministry

NASSAU, Bahamas- February 10, 2020 - In a bittersweet yet entertaining ceremony held on Friday, February 7 at the British Colonial Hilton, seventeen of the Ministry of Tourism’s longstanding employees, dubbed the Ministry’s “timeless treasures”, received numerous accolades for longevity and serving with distinction in the nation’s most important economic sector- the tourism business. “Over the years, you’ve put your shoulder to the collective wheel, and with excellence, you have assisted our team to grow our nation’s number one business,” remarked Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar. “Team Tourism has become stronger and more effective because of the individual and collective contribution of each of you. Your priceless contribution to this ongoing success story represents a hallmark of best practices in the Tourism and Hospitality industry.”

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar shares farewell remarks at the ceremony and luncheon

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar shares farewell remarks at the ceremony and luncheon

Other members of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism senior executive team, including the Permanent Secretary Charles Albury, Director General Joy Jibrilu and Deputy Director General Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, expressed sincere appreciation for the contributions that these seventeen team members made to the growth of tourism — from expanding the vertical market of sports tourism and driving sales, marketing and promotions in source markets through the Bahamas Tourism offices overseas, to elevating the tourism product in Nassau, Grand Bahama and the Out Islands.

Closing their chapter at the Ministry of Tourism are:

Edward Archer (42 years of service)

Honouree Edward Archer along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Edward Archer along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Geneva Cooper (41 years of service)

Honouree Geneva Cooper  along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Geneva Cooper  along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Antoinette Davis (40 years of service)

Honouree Antoinette Davis along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Antoinette Davis along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Virginia Kelly ( 40 years of service)

Honouree Virginia Kelly   along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Virginia Kelly along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Angela Archer (39 years of service)

Honouree Angela Archer along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Angela Archer along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Earl Miller (33 years of service)

Cecile Torrence ( 29 years of service)

Honouree Cecile Torrence along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Cecile Torrence along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Jean Simmons- Cleare ( 28 years of service)

Honouree Jean Simmons- Cleare along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Jean Simmons- Cleare along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Rosemary Coakley (23 years of service)

 Honouree Rosemary Coakley along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Rosemary Coakley along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson 

Leonard Stuart (17 years of service)

Honouree Leonard Stuart along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Honouree Leonard Stuart along with BMOTA Permanent Secretary Charles Albury and Deputy Director General, Ellison "Tommy" Thompson

Valerie Carpenter (43 years of service)

Roslyn Pinder (42 years of service)

Donna Mackey (42 years of service)

Earlston Mcphee (34 years of service)

Cynthia Colebrooke (39 years of service)

Jacqueline Ramsey ( 36 years of service)

Nalini Bethel ( 25 years of service)

During the recognition ceremony, a tribute was given in honor of those BMOTA team members who passed away in recent years. They too were recognized for their service and dedication.