RODNEY BAY, SAINT LUCIA – MARCH 15, 2019: The Directors and Executive Management Team of Bay Gardens Resorts continue to show dedication to recognizing the outstanding efforts of the valued team members of the locally owned and managed resort chain. It is in this vein that the Annual Staff Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held at the Bougainvillea Conference Room, Bay Gardens Hotel on Saturday 9th March 2019. At the Vegas-style ceremony with the theme “Bay Gardens Resorts A Winning Hand”, a number of awards were up for grabs including Team Member of the Year, Most Nominated Team Member of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Manager of the Year, Department of the Year and Unsung Hero. The highest honor of the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was bestowed on Restaurant & Bar Manager for Bay Gardens Hotel & Inn, Ms. Amella Wilness. Joining the Bay Gardens Resorts family in 2000 as a waitress, Ms. Wilness’ exemplary performance catapulted her to the position of restaurant supervisor then Restaurant & Bar Manager; the last position being held by her for the past 10 years. With quality and excellence as hallmarks of her work; her professional and personal character embody the spirit of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
On display on the evening were the varied talents of team members from Master & Mistress of Ceremony, Bartender Mr. Yohann Willix and Front Office Agent Ms. Charlene Mohammed, who conducted the evening’s proceedings with poise and precision to Kids Club Coordinator Ms. Francisca Thomas and IT Assistant Mr. David Popo (Young DP) whose entertainment performances garnered resounding applause.
Keynote speaker for the evening, SLHTA 1st Vice President Mr. John Mathurin and Honorable Minister Dominic Fedee delivered inspiring addresses, capping off a spectacular evening celebrating the stellar achievements of the Bay Gardens Resorts team members. During Mr. Mathurin’s address he commented that “the growing demography of our tourism market wants to experience you, your life, your culture, your family, your personalities, your environment and not one manufactured according to the fancies of a corporate world. You, as one Bay Gardens family is certainly leading the charge as bellwether”.
Complementing this was the Honorable Minister’s glowing commendation on the work which the Executive Management Team, led by Mrs. Joyce Destang, OBE and Mr. Sanovnik Destang continue to do in fostering an environment where Bay Gardens Resorts will continue to be “A Winning Hand” for many years to come.