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Jersey Public Service’s highest award given to employees involved in response to major incidents

22 September 2023

Over 400 public servants gathered at the Royal Jersey Showground for Jersey’s Public Service Awards 2023.

The ‘Our Stars’ awards ceremony recognises and celebrates the achievements of those dedicated public servants. It is an opportunity to both highlight and reflect on the work within the organisation and the impact it has on the Island.

The ‘Super Star’ award, the most coveted prize, was awarded to all States employees who responded to last year’s major incidents (the maritime tragedy off the coast of St Ouen, the explosion at Pier Road, and the flooding at Grands Vaux this January).

A video was played to the audience that commemorated the resilience of the public servants who approached the major incidents with diligence in rescue, search, investigation, and recovery. This was followed by a minute’s applause to acknowledge those who have been affected by the events.

The prestigious ‘Employee of the Year’ was awarded to Evelina Czachor, a Social Worker in the Adult Social Care team in Health and Community Services. Evelina provides holistic care to individuals during challenging and traumatic times. Evelina also mentors social work trainees, enabling them to deliver excellent care to the community. Her role allows her to work cross-departmentally with Customer and Local Services on issues related to Long Term Care and benefits.

Manager of the Year went to Jenny Posner, Samarès School’s headteacher. While leading the school through recent changes, Jenny has introduced focus groups, valuing the input of others in her decision making. Her duties extend to helping out in the classroom, covering lunch breaks and driving the minibus.

A special award recognises the tenacity of States employees and their notable mark within the public service. This ‘Rising Star’ was awarded to Alex Forrest in the Infrastructure and Environment department. Not only is Alex working full-time but she’s also pursuing a master’s degree in Transport Planning and Engineering to enhance her knowledge for the Government and the community.

Other categories and winners included Magistrate’s Court Greffe team in ‘Customer Service Excellence,’ the Infection Sciences team as ‘Sustainability Champions,’ Christopher Curran-Vieira for ‘Allyship in Diversity,’ Marine Resources, Law Officers Team in ‘Working in Partnership,’ Leanne Le Feuvre as ‘Wellbeing Champion’, Ruth Huish as ‘Volunteer of the Year,’ the Family Court team as ‘Innovation Champions’, and Animal by Products for ‘Team of the Year.’

Connétable Andy Jehan, vice-chair of the States Employment Board, said: “The Our Stars Awards is an excellent opportunity to recognise the achievements of public servants and the work they do to foster a more sustainable, healthier, and safer future for Islanders.

“It’s important for us to take the time to acknowledge the fantastic work that is carried out behind the scenes and on the front line for the benefit of our Island. There has been a lot of work which the public service has been involved in during the last 12 months that we can look back on with pride.

“Over the past year, we have faced many unforeseen challenges, notably the tragic events of the Haut du Mont explosion, the L’Ecume II maritime disaster, and the Grand Vaux flooding, so I was delighted when the ‘Super Star’ award was given to States employees who responded to those events with compassion and professionalism.

“We will never forget the profound impact these incidents had, and still have, on our community and will always remember the lives and homes lost during those events.” 

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