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Contact: Sherlana Ernest


Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Saint Lucia is all set to observe its 2nd Public Service Day.   Recently members of the Planning Committee met with the local media to discuss this year’s theme and activities planned.


Under the theme, “Collectively working towards a Better Public Service”, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service Duane Louisy, who is also the Chairperson for the Public Service Day Committee, provided an insight into  how the theme was arrived at by his department.


 “We must look at various aspects in terms developing the public servant. So we have a number of programs tailored for public officers. We do local, regional and international training.    On the local end just to name a few, we have training courses in oral and written communication, customer service delivery, peer mentoring, coaching, and there are a number of training programs that are geared to make the public officer a whole officer in terms of service delivery.”


The Saint Lucia Public Service Association has organized numerous activities for this year's event. Michael Midget Pierre, committee member and representative of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports, hopes that participation in the events, particularly the wellness walk, will improve the performance of public service employees by creating a sense of camaraderie among participants.


 “We are providing you with that avenue to really come socialize and relax amongst your friends, your comrades and also members of your family.  We also want to look at it as an integration right across the board with all public servants and families integrated under the banner of public servants. It worked well at the Protective Service event which was held earlier. The feedback coming from that is that there's   closer collaboration and integration within departments among the various entities;   that is what we want to promote within the public service.”


 United Nations Public Service Day, celebrated annually on June 23, was formally established by the adoption of a United Nations resolution in December 2002.


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