Sandals Negril provides back-to-school support for staff
Sandals Negril’s Hotel Manager O’Brian Heron (right) joins Human Resources Manager, Tameca Sutherland-Franklyn (left) in distributing back to school packages to team members Francia Stephenson (second left) and Onetta Allen.
Team members employed to Sandals Negril were recent beneficiaries of a back-to-school initiative hosted by the hotel.
In an effort to lessen the back-to-school demands for team members and their families, the resort hosts this event every year in preparation for the start of the new school term.
This year, despite not being able to treat the children of team members to a full day of fun and games due to COVID-19 restrictions, the resort, with strict protocols in place proceeded to provide packages filled with school supplies to the employees.
A number of staff members also received book vouchers through the hotel’s Sports and Social Club.
Kitchen team member, Norda-Gay Atkins, upon hearing her name being announced for one of the text book vouchers exclaimed “Thank you Lord! You know how much I wanted to get one of these!”
Many team members voiced their appreciation to the resort for still continuing the annual tradition which they always anticipate.
“I am grateful for the supplies I got for my son. I am even more thankful that Sandals Negril, despite being recently reopened, is still committed to doing all the activities that help to lessen the financial burden on the team. Trust me, we are still feeling the strain the pandemic has placed on our finances, and this really filled a significant gap,” shared sales representative Monique Wilson.
Over in Black River, the Child Guidance Clinic operated by the Mental Health Unit of the St Elizabeth Health Department staged its one day work shop for parents and children. This workshop was part-supported by Sandals Negril and the Sandals Foundation.
The clinic caters to children who are experiencing psychological, psychiatric, behavioural and developmental challenges. The resort as a key sponsor provided back to school supplies for the 50 children who access its services.
Also on the receiving end of a large donation of bed linen, towels, new and gently used clothing, shoes and toiletries was the Mental Health Unit. The unit caters to approximately 1,700 patients in the parish of St Elizabeth; as well as to patients who live in neighbouring parishes.
“Through assessments and other interactions with our patients, we have come to note that a large number of them face social challenges. The nature of their illnesses, coupled with stigma and discrimination, make it difficult for them to secure employment or take on income generating ventures that would enable them to provide for their needs. It is against this background that we solicited help from Sandals and its Foundation. They came on board immediately. During the distribution exercise, you could see and hear the appreciation from all the beneficiaries,” shared Medical Social Worker Keifa Witter.
The resort in collaboration with the Sandals Foundation has pledged its support to a number of other community led back to school ventures to be held during the months of August and September.