I would like to welcome MR. and Mrs. Martinez Commissioner of prisons
Other senior executives from the T&T Prison service
Senior members of the police and prison service
Your families and other related law enforcement branches
And the executives, directors and officers of the prisoner transport division of assl
I welcome the opportunity yet another year to celebrate and share happier moments with colleges that I respect and honor for their yeomen service to society is such trying and dangerous times
This year has brought its own challenges and while we have overcome them it was at great scarify for those whose lives has been lost
I would like us to stand and pause for a few moments in solidarity and recognition of our fallen heroes
I anticipate that the upcoming year would be equally changing and I hope that our training and professionalism would be the tools to help us during these moments.
You may not recognize one of our symbols at PTD a chain with three links colored blue green and gray with the words to hold to keep and to carry and it does symbolize our partnership and I hope that it will also carry us through 2014 creating greater bounds and a stronger chain to defeat the criminal elements that our country and society including each and every one of us faces daily.
I ask of the almighty to continue to shower us with his blessings and to guide our minds and hearts in our daily giving’s and to continue to serve him as he plots our individual paths
We will be recognizing the partnership between the prisons and assl tonight in a special way. I understand from the directors of the PTD Mr. Charles , teddy and Ellis that some special individual recognitions are being delivered as part of the ceremony tonight congratulations to these individuals and I must also thank everyone else for making this partnership work and be as successful as it is today as you are also part of the success of this initiative.
As your executive CEO/Chairman………It is a pleasure once again to be before such a distinguished audience of devoted and dedicated group of officers to recognize their loyalty and unwavering commitment and sacrifices made to the organization over the years, cumulating in the many successes and achievements….. most notable our expansion in the region. Our success could not have come without your steadfastness and support of our vision. You have stood the test of time and you are being recognized today for your achievement of long service ….some being 10,15 and 20 years .I wish to thank you for your loyalty and professionalism in carrying out your duties and indicate that you have made us proud of your service in excellence.
I look forward to your continued service in excellence as we chart our journey into the 21st century.
In appreciation for your long service and dedication, the company and by extension your chairman, wish to assign special company shares to you, which I hope you would allow time for further maturity.
As each share has a unit value in dollars that changes yearly depending on the monitory success of the organization, but what is more important than this dollar value is the fact that you are now a special shareholder with a material stake in the company that you have served for so long ( part owner).
So when you are unhappy about something or observed something that is not how it should be, it should become your direct concern to get it fixed. As it will impact on your share value and equity in the company.
So once more thank you and keep up the good work and I look forward seeing you operate in your new role as a shareholder /company owner.
God Bless you all.]]>
Can we stand for a minute in silence in honor of Dr Jason Hernandez? And all our other fallen Heroes and during this period I would like to read something that I wished to have said at his funeral but circumstances did not prevail
“The angels looked down from heaven one night. They searched for miles afar, and deep within the distance .They could see a shining star.
They knew that very instant. That the star was theirs to gain, so they took you up to heaven
forever to remain
So Jason Look down on us from heaven Keep us free from hurt and pain, you’ll always be within our heart until we meet again.”
Words are sometimes insufficient in capturing the essence of the man who has gone before us
I would also like to say at this opportune time and indicate that ASSL will be introducing the Dr Jason Hernandez Memorial Award of Excellence in the field of training and that he will be receiving a posthumous award for his services to ASSL in promoting Training and its achievements in the field of training
Having concluded some of the protocols for this evening I would now continue with this thought
I often find myself asking a simple question that I never seem able to come up with a reasonable answer that being why with such a highly devoted and loyal staff is it that most persons are missing our vision and mission objectives
Key notes from ACCP intersession meeting 2014 that I found to be profound in its presentation as it struck a note in my head.
For your dream to work you need team work….and
When leaders have a dream without team work the dream becomes a nightmare (food for thought).
As the team leader one of my immediate missions for the organization is to ensure its continuity and safe guard those who I am responsible for and I can only do this through proper succession planning and the training and identification of those who I have come to know will carry on my vision. These would be the souls, who are the mobilizers and energizers of the company and who will ensure that the legacy of our success and brand will live on forever and guarantee security for our family, the ASSL personnel.
If I successfully achieve this then our human capital our Amalgamated family can look forward to this benefit as we grow our brand locally and regionally.
What does this word security mean? …well it covers our essential needs, the state of being secure to live and feed our families and at the same time create the platform for providing protection and giving the assurance for freedom of choice and the ability to rise above poverty or want. A state that is created for every employee of ours.
This great responsibility is so often overlooked and taken for granted that it has become necessary at this junction in our journey to speak of it and ensure that it is communicated and understood by all our people so that the unequivocal support and teaming commitment with the appropriate effort needed by all can be realized. I need for us to work as a team.
Team members need to learn how to help one another, help other team members realize their true potential, and create an environment that allows everyone to go beyond his or her limitations.
We are all linked in a common purpose. To drive Assl to be all that it could be amidst local and international competition and persons who envy and seek to destroy us at any cost.
To further drive this notion of team work and what it means I would also say that the success of each and every one of us in our jobs is inseparably bound to the success of the whole team, something that we don’t recognize and should as we forge our way forward.
I am asking each and every one present at this auspicious occasion to make the change that we are seeking, let it be you who catalyze the movement. There is no need to look to the right or left as the agent of change is you.
We are often greeted by our people at work and off work with a mindset, an awkward sense of thinking an attitude that we don’t understand something that is so far form our own value system that we start to question their loyalty, but we must rethink our approach as these persons are lost souls only there to be recaptured .
So when we get caught up in our work, and we don’t find time to interact with them, we are effectively pushing them further away and helping to feed those notions and beliefs which are not what we are about.
We must take the time to listen and discuss what our people are to us and revitalize their thinking and show them what they are to us our most valued assets and what we do to ensure that their security is guaranteed for a better future. This comes down to our internal house cleaning as I would like to label it for 2015 otherwise it’s going to stifle our progress
In closing Any mission that we undertake for 2015 can only succeed if we successfully plan for it, it does not happen on its own and it does not come without personal sacrifice and due diligence to the outcome from all the team members.
In addition we can hammer the use of technology but it does not replace our good hard work and commitment to the task at hand and most importantly the people
Please enjoy the rest of the evening and on behalf of my wife Nicole and myself and the rest of the Aboud clan, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year be safe for the remaining of 2014 and for the upcoming 2015, be a responsible driver and may God bless us all with a special request that he continues to protect our officers and bring peace and healing into the lives of those of us in need.
Also a special mention…. thank you for all those persons who assisted in the planning and organizing of this get together]]>