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TCI should have its own Passport Office says PDM Opposition

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By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, April 6, 2023 – In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, Edwin Astwood, TCI Opposition Leader expressed concern that the upcoming passport strike in the UK had not been addressed by the government and explained the Opposition was now demanding a passport office for the TCI.  The People’s Democratic Movement accused the government of continuing the trend of silence on the things that matter to Turks and Caicos islanders.

“News broke of the UK passport Office workers being on strike for an announced five weeks.  Staff at the passport office have demanded a 10 percent pay raise and job security.  The strikes will affect seven passport offices across the UK,” he said.

“Strikes could delay the passport processing of 10 million applications expected this year.  The strikes will commence this week, just before Easter weekend.  How does that affect people who are trying to renew or get their passports?  Does this government know what is happening, do they care? It appears not to both.”

Magnetic Media had reported on the strike action announced, citing a report from the Cayman Islands that it was expected it would delay Passport processing for its overseas territory citizens.  Former governor, Nigel Dakin, had assured the strike would have no adverse effect on the TCI, however.

Clearly, the PDM disagrees, pointing to the media reports in the UK which state otherwise.

“The PDM is seeking to make submissions for The UK government to have a passport office set up here in the Turks and Caicos, and their other Overseas Tertiaries.” said the release.

Dakin reminded that it takes 10 weeks to turn around a passport for the Turks and Caicos; the strike is set for a five-week period.

But that is not the only gripe the PDM has with the PNP government, when it accuses them of silence.

“All the events and occurrences that are impacting our everyday lives are never mentioned or considered by them— Two weeks ago, Sunday morning, a young man was killed in Five Cays, and not a single comment, a few days ago we all saw the video of the incident on the street in Grace Bay, and still nothing.”

Purported silence on illegal migration and continuing health care issues were also topics that the Opposition claims the government is silent on, describing it as “unacceptable by any standard.”

“They continue to be quiet and hide in their offices, only showing their face when at some celebration or at some formal event, and only want to speak when they think that they are passing good news. But where are the PNP Government in the bad times, where are they when our people are facing difficulties, where are they when our people are hurting and need an intervention from the Government?”

Since then the Government has beefed up its communications arsenal with additional personnel.

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Moesha Morris appointed as Senior Procurement Officer

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 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 28 March 2024 – The Office of the Deputy Governor proudly announces the appointment of Ms. Moesha Morris to the post of Senior Procurement Officer in the Contracts and Corporate Performance Management Department within the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Ms. Morris’ journey within the civil service commenced in 2016 when she joined the Human Resource Management Directorate as a Clerical Assistant, marking the beginning of her dedicated service to the nation. Demonstrating a keen intellect and a strong work ethic, she quickly made her mark, earning accolades for her contributions to the department’s operations.

Building upon her foundational experiences, Ms. Morris pursued higher education, completing an Associate’s Degree in General Studies (Humanities) at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a passion for understanding human behavior, she embarked on a journey to the United Kingdom to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University.

Upon the successful completion of her studies, Ms. Morris returned to the civil service in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and a renewed sense of purpose. With determination and dedication, she navigated through various roles, showcasing her versatility and commitment to professional development. From Administrative Officer to Scholarship Officer, and then to Procurement Officer, she steadily ascended the ranks, earning recognition for her exemplary performance and leadership qualities.

Ms. Morris is distinguished as a self-motivated, results-driven individual with a resolute work ethic and an unyielding pursuit of excellence in every endeavor. Her relentless commitment to continuous improvement is exemplified by her ongoing pursuit of professional certifications with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. These endeavors underscore her dedication to enhancing her expertise in procurement and project management, positioning her to provide invaluable counsel on procurement matters across government entities and public bodies.

Reflecting on her appointment, Ms. Morris expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve in her new capacity:

“I am thrilled and deeply honored to step into my new role as Senior Procurement Officer within the Contracts and Corporate Performance Management Department. This promotion is a testament to my belief that hard work and dedication truly prevail in the professional world. I am humbled by the recognition of my efforts and grateful for the opportunity to further contribute to our department’s success. Achieving this promotion within just 12 months is truly remarkable, and it reinforces my commitment to excellence in every aspect of my work. I will remain committed to driving impactful outcomes and upholding the standards of the Public Service.”

Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Ms. Morris stated:

It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to Ms. Moesha Morris on her appointment as Senior Procurement Officer in the Contracts and Corporate Performance Management Department within the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Ms. Morris’ exemplary track record of academic achievement, professional competence, and dedication to public service make her an outstanding choice for this important role. Her passion for procurement excellence and her commitment to continuous improvement will undoubtedly contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement processes within government entities.

In her new capacity, Ms. Morris will play a vital role in driving forward the government’s public sector investment programme, ensuring transparency, accountability, and value for money in the procurement of goods and services.

We wish Ms. Morris well as she continues to serve, and my office stand ready to assist in whichever we can to aide her further development.

Congratulations on your well-deserved appointment, Moesha!”

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Davis Gardiner Jr. appointed as Executive Administrator

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 28 March 2024 – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Davis Gardiner Jr. to the post of Executive Administrator within the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services.

Mr. Gardiner’s journey towards professional excellence began with his secondary education at Raymond Gardiner High School, where he demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement and personal growth. Building upon this foundation, he is currently enrolled at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, pursuing his Associate’s Degree in preparation for further studies in Business Management. His dedication to continuous learning and professional development underscores his ambition and determination to excel in his chosen field.

Mr. Gardiner’s appointment as Executive Administrator within the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services marks a significant milestone in his career trajectory. Tasked with providing executive administrative support and strategic guidance, he is poised to make valuable contributions to the efficient operation of the ministry and the realization of its objectives.

Driven by a passion for organizational excellence and a desire to make a positive impact, Mr. Gardiner is committed to leveraging his education and skills to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative processes within the ministry. His dedication to professional growth and his willingness to embrace new challenges position him as a valuable asset to the leadership team.

Reflecting on his appointment, Mr. Gardiner Jr. expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve in his new capacity:

“I am eternally grateful to be given this opportunity to serve as the newly appointed Executive Administrator for the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services. I am elated to serve my country and be a part of the change, a change for good that is. I am forever thankful to the almighty for the great blessings he has placed upon my life to be where I am today.

I am grateful for my family and friends who pushed me to never give up and always prove the negativity wrong.

I believe that I will do well in this position by the grace of God.”

Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Gardiner stated:

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Mr. Davis Gardiner Jr. on his appointment as Executive Administrator within the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services.

Mr. Gardiner began his career with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as the Administrative Officer with the Immigration Population Policy Council (IPPC). During his tenure, he showed an incredible work ethic that was eventually noticed by executives in TCIG.

We are happy to have him officially join the public service and wish him well in his new post.

Congratulations on your appointment, Mr. Gardiner!”

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Drexanna Seymour appointed Probation Officer in the Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 27 March 2024– The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Drexanna Seymour to the post of Probation Officer within the Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services in the Ministry of Public Safety and Utilities.

Hailing from the island of Providenciales, Ms. Seymour’s journey towards professional excellence began with her secondary education, where she laid the groundwork for her future endeavors. Graduating in 2015, she demonstrated early on a commitment to academic achievement and personal growth.

Driven by a passion for criminology and a desire to make a positive impact in her community, Ms. Seymour ventured abroad to pursue tertiary studies in the United Kingdom. In 2022, she achieved a significant milestone, graduating with distinction from the University of Hull, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Criminology. Her academic success reflects her dedication to scholarly pursuits and her commitment to acquiring knowledge in her chosen field.

During her time at university, Ms. Seymour actively engaged in extracurricular activities, serving as a Welfare Officer of The Women Empowered Society. Her involvement in this capacity underscores her leadership skills, compassion for others, and commitment to social causes.

Upon her return to the Turks and Caicos Islands in October 2023, Ms. Seymour wasted no time in applying her newfound knowledge and skills to serve her community. Temporarily appointed to the role of Probation Officer in the Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services, she swiftly demonstrated her competence, professionalism, and dedication to the welfare of individuals under her care. Effective March 2024, Ms. Seymour assumes the permanent appointment to the position of Probation Officer, a testament to her exemplary performance and her potential to contribute significantly to the department’s objectives and the broader goals of the Ministry of Public Safety and Utilities.

Reflecting on her appointment, Ms. Seymour expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve in her new capacity:

“I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity to serve in such an important role in my country. One of my primary goals as a Probation Officer is to assist the Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services in its rehabilitation and integration initiatives with the aim of reducing recidivism.

Since working with the department temporarily, I have developed a keen interest in Juvenile Justice and hope to further my studies in this area in the near future. I intend to utilize all my skills to make a positive and notable impact within the DRCS and the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Ms. Seymour stated:

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Ms. Drexanna Seymour on her appointment as a Probation Officer in the Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services (DRCS).

The primary objective of the Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services (DRCS) is to create a safer Turks and Caicos Islands through effective offender management and supervision in our communities while holding offenders accountable and promoting behavioral change.

Ms. Seymour’s educational background in Criminology is an asset to this department. We welcome her to the Public Service of the Turks and Caicos Islands following the completion of her studies and encourage other returning students to similarly pursue employment in the Public Service in service to our country.

I wish Ms. Seymour a most successful and enjoyable public service career as she works to make a positive contribution in our islands.

Congratulations on your appointment, Ms. Seymour and welcome to the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Service.”

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