RBR team receives Public Service Excellence Award
The Royal Bermuda Regiment team charged with recruiting and career management were recognised as the recipients of the July Public Service Excellence Award.
Major Dwight Robinson, the team’s supervisor, said the members had shown “remarkable persistence” in their efforts to coach and encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to join the regiment, while Walter Roban, the acting Premier, presented them with their awards.
The award programme recognises public officers who deliver admirable service and each month an individual or organisation is selected for their performance during the past 60 days.
The team comprises Sergeant Damir Armstrong, Lance Corporal Zjah-Quana Bean and Private Nikolas Roach. They are recognised for their outstanding support in promoting the various opportunities available within the Royal Bermuda Regiment as part of a recruiting plan to inspire more residents to join the service.
The team attracted a second recruit class for 2023, which included men and women, as well as Bermudians and non-Bermudian residents.
Major Robinson praised the team for going “above and beyond what is expected of them” by remaining available to answer questions and provide guidance to the public during normal working hours, as well as evenings and weekends. He said they effectively convinced community members that serving in the regiment could be rewarding work.
In the past six months, the team members have developed solutions to address their various recruitment challenges. They organised events, including a Women in Service forum, allowing women in the regiment to share their stories and allow those interested to ask questions.
They also set up recruiting stands, including at Harbour Nights, to engage with the community and collaborated with school programmes to inform students about the Junior Leader programme aimed at fostering interest at an early age.
Cherie Whitter, acting head of the Public Service, said: “In addition to their creativity, I understand the team has demonstrated tireless dedication to this project by remaining responsive to inquiries from the public outside of normal working hours.
“This commitment to public service excellence is one the reasons we launched this awards programme and we truly applaud their dedication and enthusiasm to this challenging assignment.”
Mr Roban extended congratulations to the team. “I am extremely impressed by their steadfast mission to prepare for the sustainable long-term defence of our island,” he said.
“Despite numerous obstacles to their success, their effective management of this ambitious recruiting plan has ensured that the organisation remains robust and capable of providing support to the Bermuda community during times of crisis.”
Individuals interested in the regiment can visit www.bermudaregiment.bm/Join-us and complete the initial registration.
Alternatively, they can contact the team on 238-1045, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Warwick Camp in person.