THE VOICE Publishing Company is known not only for its longevity in St. Lucia’s business community and in its untiring efforts at presenting factual information for public consumption, but also for making employees feel safe, anchored in the knowledge that their job is secured – well, almost…
That much could be proven time and time again as, over the years, many employees — well past the fully-stipulated retirement age — continue to serve the company with pride and industry.
Such persons are highly-cherished by the company. They serve as role models to the younger generation entering the family-type work environment adopted by the company over the decades, which has served to develop exceptional talents in different areas.
Therefore, it is heart-breaking when a member of staff has to leave this ‘family’ circle — for whatever reason. And it becomes even more heart-wrenching when that ‘family’ member leaves after serving the company for more than half his/her life.
Tuesday last was one such moment, when other members of The Voice family gathered to say goodbye to its longest-serving member, Mrs. Marie Joy Fanus, after 46 years of unbroken service.
A special space was created for this momentous occasion, decorated with all the trappings of a party bash. Farewells and best wishes were extended, eliciting tears that came and went as the champagne was popped and poured.
Mrs. Fanus gave what one staffer said – to the agreement of others – was her first public speech – or so it was thought – and then opened her many gift packages.
Then the cooler was opened, the finger-foods were un-wrapped and the party began.
Here it is – all of it — and for your eyes only!