Public Service Day 2018, which will be celebrated under the theme ‘Building a Resilient Public Service – A Collective Response’, was launched on Friday 22 June 2018 with a ceremony held at the Goodwill Parish Hall.
Permanent Secretaries from various ministries along with other officials were present to commemorate the occasion.
Acting Chief Personnel Officer, Cecillia Carr stated that Public Service Day, which was first implemented by the United Nations, was initiated to applaud the work of Public Service workers, and urges persons to pursue jobs in the sector.
“The UN’s Public Service Day celebrates the value and the virtue of public services to the community. It highlights the contribution of the public service in the developmental process. It recognizes the work of public servants, and it encourages young, ambitious persons to pursue careers in the public sector,” Carr stated.
She noted that the theme represents the sectors’ thoughts on their role of helping build a resilient nation, noting that governance, ethics, sustainability, productivity, excellence, and flexibility all play in a part.
“We sound the call for public officers to be ethical in undertaking daily duties, the need for us to function for the greater good for the greater numbers. We must examine how best we can satisfy our customers and respond to their needs,” she noted.
Carr added that in building resilience, the sector must “shift from the status quo”, while they approach the challenges of service delivery and methods in “a profound and radical change process that orients the public service in a new direction”, while taking it to a new level of effectiveness.
“Transformation for us cannot be a turnaround. It must be a change of character and configuration of structures; a radical change,” she said.
Public service Day will be celebrated officially on June 23rd however the sector will host activities until December 2018.
Activities include, Eat Fish Entertainment Nights, and T-Shirt Days held every last Friday of the month, beginning in June, a Weekend Excursion on the August Monday weekend, a Sports Day on August 31st, an Ecumenical service scheduled for December 3rd and an Awards and Recognition Ceremony to be held on December 7th.
The sector will also be engaged in an Outreach Project, where they will do renovations on the Portsmouth Home for the Age.
Carr added that as they celebrate Public Service Day 2018, the sector seeks to reward officers for their exceptional work, while observing those who have worked before.
She further called on public servants to strive to be leaders in whatever position that they serve, and to serve with pride.
“Let us serve with diligence, let us respond to the needs of our clients, and sustain excellence in service delivery as we continue to rebuild with resilience in the beautiful island of Dominica,” Carr added.