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FortisTCI promotes nine employees across the company 

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#TurksandCaicos, June 8, 2022 – FortisTCI is pleased to announce the recent promotion of nine employees to various roles within the Company.

Jerry Clerveaux has been promoted from Manager of Information, Communication and Technologies (ICT) to Director of Enterprise Technology. In his new capacity, he is responsible for developing enterprise-wide technology innovation, optimal use of information, communication, and operations technology (ICOT), and effective use of information systems to support the Company’s business objectives. Clerveaux holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, a Masters in Business Administration, a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, and a Certificate in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management. He also earned numerous technical certifications and is certified in ISO/IEC 20000-1 Information Technology Service Management Systems. Clerveaux joined the company in 2014 as Supervisor of Information Technology and was promoted across roles.

Robyn Forbes has been promoted from Senior Human Resource Officer to Manager of Learning and Development. In her new role, Forbes will assist in coordinating and administering the Company’s talent management and learning and development strategy, including life cycle management, designing and implementing systems, practices, procedures, and policies to meet the organization’s strategic goals and objectives. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and certificates in Human Resource from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Association for Talent Development (ATD). Forbes joined the Company in 2014 and was promoted across roles.

Kerwin Arthur has been promoted from Senior Plant Operator to Plant Control Shift Supervisor. In his new capacity, Arthur will provide oversight of the senior and junior plant operators and manage the operational crew dispatch and coordination to respond to faults, outages, and emergencies on the grid. He will also oversee the monitoring of the generating distribution system. He holds an Associate degree in Computer and Engineering Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Arthur is a Journeyman Meter Technician and is certified by the American Society of Power Engineers (ASOPE) as a Diesel Plant Engineer, First Class. Arthur joined FortisTCI in 2009 and was promoted across roles.

Kelorian Forbes has been promoted from Lineman to Powerline Technician Foreman. In his new capacity, Forbes will provide leadership to and work as part of a line crew in the safe and efficient construction, operation and maintenance of the land-based and subsea transmission and distribution systems. Forbes joined the Company in 2006 as a Junior Plant Operator, and was promoted to Lineman Apprentice I (now known as Power Line Technician Apprentice) in 2009.  Having completed four levels of the Powerline Technician apprenticeship program, he was certified as a Powerline Technician and promoted as such in 2012. He is also a certified Electrician.

Jeffrey Desir has been promoted from Powerline Technician Apprentice 4 to a certified Powerline Technician. In his role, Desir works to support the safe and efficient construction, operation, and maintenance of the transmission and distribution system. Desir is also a certified Electrician and Power Generation Maintenance Electrician Level lll of the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER). Desir joined the Company in 2011.

Navardo Arthur has been promoted from Substation Technician l to Substation Technician ll. In his new role, Arthur will build on his skills in Substation maintenance and operations. He is also responsible for the safe installation, maintenance, and analysis of medium voltage equipment and electrical controls at the Power Generation Plant and Substations. Arthur is a certified Electrician, a certified Journeyman Meter Technician, and has received Substation Maintenance l and ll training. He has been with FortisTCI since 2018.

Denzel Penn has been promoted from Mechanical Technician l to Mechanical Technician ll. In his new role, Penn will assist with the installation and maintenance of the Company’s power generating units. He is an NCCER certified Power Generation Maintenance Mechanic and joined the Company as an Electrical Laborer in 2012.

Selvano Gardiner has been promoted from Mechanic Apprentice l to Mechanical Technician Level l. In his new role, Gardiner will assist team leaders in maintaining, repairing, and installing generating units and associated equipment in the generating stations.  He is NCCER certified as a Power Generation Maintenance Mechanic Level lll. Gardiner joined the Company as one of two student apprentices in 2014 and was promoted to full-time employment in 2015.

Franco Been has been promoted from Mechanical Technician ll to Mechanical Technician lll. In his new role, Been will lead and competently perform planned maintenance on the generating units of the power plants. His tenure with the Company spans 12 years. Been is NCCER certified as a Power Generation Maintenance Mechanic Level lll.

The National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER), and American Society of Power Engineers (ASOPE) are employee training opportunities funded by FortisTCI.

Commenting on the latest employee movements, FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes stated: “We are proud to have a strong track record where employees are promoted from within. This latest batch of career milestones reinforces our focus on our people and aligns with our talent development strategy for the holistic development of all our staff. We channel a significant amount of energy towards providing the right tools, training, and opportunities for employees to excel. We also strive to ensure that working with our company is meaningful and employees experience a sense of belonging daily. Congratulations to our nine employees on their accomplishments.”

 

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TCIFA Referees selected to participate in FIFA RAP Course

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#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2022 – It is always a massive boost when not only our players are given opportunities to develop, but also our Match Officials. The FIFA RAP (Referee Assistance Programme) presents referees with an opportunity to not solely refresh their understanding of the laws of the game, but also to improve with the ultimate objective of being appointed to the FIFA list of International Referees. This year, a FIFA RAP Course is set to take place in Nassau, Bahamas on August 25-28. From the TCIFA, three referees have been granted the chance to partake in the course; Watson Antoine, Anice Bernadin, and Leonard Suckrajh.

The course also serves to renominate existing FIFA Referees onto the list of International FIFA Referees for 2023. Last year, Anice Bernadin made it onto the list for International FIFA Referees for 2022 as an assistant referee, being given the chance to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands on the international stage.

The program is divided into two parts- theory of refereeing, as well as the practical elements. In order to qualify for this list, referees are required to pass the FIFA Fitness Test.

Patrice Senior, Head of Referees at the TCIFA, commented the following, “The role of the referee is key for the implementation of a football match, that is to interpret and enforce the laws of the game. Referees require positive learning environments with a framework that incorporates continuous development based on meaningful performance objectives – that allows successful promotion through the ranks from the grassroots level, up to the football league and beyond.

She continued by saying, “I am pleased to see the hard work and dedication of our referees in these Turks and Caicos Islands. I would like to congratulate those persons nominated by the TCIFA, Watson Antoine, Ancie Bernadine, and Leonard Suckrahj, and wish them all the best on their journey to the 2022-2023 FIFA International Referees list.”

Patrice also extended thanks to President Sonia Fulford and the TCIFA. She’s also shown gratitude towards the Bahamas Football Association for continuing to include the TCIFA.

Refereeing is a vitally important part of football. For our referees here in the Turks and Caicos to be given the chance to improve their knowledge and experience in an international setting is nothing less than magnificent.

 

Written by: Joshua Hall, Intern

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

 

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TCIFA National Academy

Venetian Road

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands

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FortisTCI partners with Sam’s Club and Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping for Solar Energy 

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Thursday, August 18, 2022) – FortisTCI is pleased to announce that Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping and Sam’s Club have signed onto the Utility-Owned Renewable Energy (UORE) program.

FortisTCI has leased the 18,000 square foot roof space of Sam’s Club, a grocery wholesale business on Leeward Highway in Providenciales, to install a 312.8 kW solar photovoltaic system. Once commissioned, the system will produce renewable energy for the country’s electricity grid and avoid approximately 317 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

FortisTCI has also leased the 13,000 square foot roof space of Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping’s building on South Dock Road in Providenciales to install a 200 kW solar photovoltaic system. The system is projected to avoid approximately 188 metric tons of carbon emissions annually once commissioned. Both systems will be installed by the end of 2022.

The UORE program, operated by FortisTCI, has been in place since 2015. The program now has 18 partnerships following the recent signees, which will increase the number of solar energy system installations across partner properties.

Customers undergo a pre-qualification process, and successful applicants receive incentives for leasing their roof space and the solar energy produced by the system. FortisTCI purchases, install, maintains, and owns the solar system at these properties at no cost to the customer.

Commenting on the partnership, Director of Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping, Carl Simmons stated: The Cargo Express brand is eager to partner with FortisTCI in advancing renewable energy initiatives in the TCI. This partnership allows us to protect the environment by generating electricity using solar energy, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuels. The installation of solar panels on Cargo Express’s 13,000 square foot roof will benefit our organizations and the wider community.”  

Owner and Manager of Sam’s Club, Gus Karagianis stated: “I am very fortunate to qualify for the UORE program operated by FortisTCI. I hope that more businesses that can qualify for the program, embrace the opportunity, and one rooftop at a time, we can all make a difference in creating a more sustainable energy future.”

President and CEO at FortisTCI Ruth Forbes stated: “We wish to commend our newest UORE customers for supporting the journey to a more sustainable energy future. Roof-mounted solar installations have allowed us to steadily increase our solar footprint year-over-year. Our studies have found that at least four acres of land are needed to produce 1MW of solar energy.

Therefore, we continue to maximize roof spaces through customer partnerships. We also continue to pursue regulatory reform to advance our clean energy plan, which includes investing in utility-scale solar projects. By December 2022, we expect to have at least 2.6 MW of solar energy installed on the grid.”

 

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Header: (L-R) Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning at FortisTCI, Rachell Roullet,  President and CEO at FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes, Owner and Manager of Sam’s Club, Gus Karagianis, and Manager of Innovation and Resource Planning, TeAnn Thomas.

Insert: Rachell Roullet,  President and CEO at FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes, Director of Cargo Express -Tropical Shipping, Carl Simmons,  and Manager of Innovation and Resource Planning, TeAnn Thomas.

 

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TCI Beach Soccer National Team Players Train in Italy

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#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2022 – In June of this year, Pisa Beach Soccer, located in Italy, presented an opportunity for two of our Beach Soccer National Players to train alongside their team. This opportunity was nothing short of astounding. Herby Magny and Makenson Cadet were the two fortunate players who were chosen to train with the Pisa Beach Soccer team. Pisa Beach Soccer is ranked at the top of the Italian Serie AON Beach Soccer League and in addition to that, they are the reigning champions from last season.

This entire experience would not have been possible for Herby or Makenson if it was not for the recommendation of Matteo Marucci, Head Coach of Pisa Beach Soccer as well as Head Coach of the Turks and Caicos Islands Men’s beach Soccer Team. Coach Marucci has a long-standing history within the sport of Beach Soccer, representing Italy in both the 2015 and 2017 Beach Soccer World Cups.

Both Herby and Makenson engaged in a series of intensive training sessions that took place over a ten-day span.  These were morning and evening sessions. The morning sessions were coached by Bruno Xavier, Captain of the Brazilian Men’s National Beach Soccer Team. Bruno is not a new face to the Beach Soccer World, he was awarded World’s Best Player in 2014 and was a part of the Dream Team from 2014 to 2018. In the morning the focal point was working on core, balance, agility, and strength. The evening sessions consisted of a training session with the Pisa Beach Soccer first team under the supervision of Coach Marucci.

When asked for a comment on what It was like to train with the team, Herby Magny had the following to say, “It was one of the best experiences in my soccer career. It has made me fall in love with the beautiful game of beach soccer even more. Training with the Pisa Beach Soccer Team was conducted at a different level than how I’m used to training. The level of intensity and professionalism stood out the most, as most of the players are key players for the Brazilian & Italian national teams.” He went on to add, “The first 2 sessions were difficult as the guys did not really know us and so they didn’t pass to us during the games, however by the third day onwards it was fantastic, as we proved ourselves. The guys welcomed us like their own teammates and involved us in every play.”

Fellow teammate, Makenson Cadet, had this take on his time spent in Italy, “The experience was needed. Italy is beautiful, the food was delicious and training in a professional environment was top notch.” He continued, “What really stood out to me is the passion they had for the game, it’s unbelievable some of the players still have to work full-time jobs because they are not getting paid enough, but they still showed up every day with the same strong mentality. Matteo is a really good coach and a good person as well.”

Without doubt, these training sessions challenged Herby and Mackenson for the better. Both players expressed an abundance of gratitude for the chance to take part in the training sessions. Experiences like these are crucial in the development of our players here at the TCIFA.

 

Written by: Joshua Hall, Intern

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

 

Address:

TCIFA National Academy

Venetian Road

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands

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