Friday the 13 th is usually synonymous with bad vibes and omens. However, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) put some positivity into the day by recognizing the hard work of all members of staff. On March 13, 2020, CFBC celebrated the first Staff Appreciation day under the auspices of CFBC President, Dr. Jacqueline Austin. wearing matching CFBC shirts, the members of staff gathered at the UWI Open Campus’ Conference Room ready for the day’s adventures.
Educational, inspirational and all-out fun were some adjectives used by staff members to describe the day’s events. The day began with Dr. Austin providing words of encouragement and gratitude to the staff members. She recalled an experience from her youth in which she was trying to learn how to roller skate. The lesson here Dr. Austin explained, is that “no matter how many times you fall, no matter how many persons are looking and laughing, you get up and keep trying.”
The staff members also participated in a developmental session on “Managing One’s Personal Finances.” Following a buffet lunch, the group departed to participate in the activities of their choosing. Some members enjoyed a historical tour of Brimstone Hill while others fueled their adrenaline with an energetic game of paintball.
Those members who wanted to savour a more relaxing experience, chose to receive facials and pedicures facilitated by the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC) Cosmetology program. After all the festivities, several persons expressed their delight in the Staff Appreciation Day and suggested that it be a regular occurrence.
In the words of John F. Kennedy “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”