POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group workers, both old and new put on an amazing show of affection for retiring colleague, Stanley David, during a heartwarming surprise celebration Friday last.
Billed as a small farewell event from his co-workers in the company’s Customer Care Department, the event turned into a “Hollywood-type” production with photo slide shows, video tributes, recorded messages from overseas, songs and kind words from family, friends and TelEm Group’s top executives, including CEO Kendall Dupersoy.
The highlight of the gathering however, was the attendance of many of Mr. David’s former colleagues from his days working at Landsradio, now UTS, and also former TelEm colleagues. Also present were members of Stanley’s family: Wife Catherine, daughter, Tamika Yhan, Brother Oscar and Sister-In-Law Felicia Arrindell-Illis.
Many spoke with fondness about Mr. David’s worth ethics and particularly about his ability to be calm under any circumstances – a part of his personality that was repeated time and again during the two-hour celebration, following by dancing and socializing.
Amongst those speaking on behalf of the retiree was Manager, Customer Care Veronica Browne, who said she had worked with Stanley for the past 18 years and had come to depend on him as a mentor, colleague and friend.
She said the celebration was very emotional at times, bringing some to tears even before it had begun.
“He will be very much missed, not only by the department, but also by the many people in the community who interacted with Stanley on a daily basis,” she said.
TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mrs. Helma Etnel, paid tribute to the long-serving worker, and wished him much success and happiness in his retirement, after thanking him for his sterling contribution over the years.