On Friday 30th November 2018, at a well-attended ceremony, the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited officially gave awards to 3 of its longest-serving employees, who had served it for 15 and 10 years. This ceremony took place at the company’s Wellington Industrial Estate offices in the presence of guests and family members of the awardees, the Union Chairman and the media.
Delivering the key note address on the occasion, Brewery’s Managing Director, Daaf Van Tilburg, expressed his appreciation to the guest for gracing the ceremony, adding that he is proud of the awardees’ commitment to duty.
This commitment, he maintained has further motivated him in his job. He went on to explain that this ceremony is an annual event hosted by the company to give recognition to the services rendered by their employees. Each of the employees received a medal, Certificate of Long Service, drinks and cash donation in appreciation of the role they played and in accordance with their time of service.
Daaf Van Tilburg stressed that this event will serve as a motivating factor for other employees of the company. “This special event is to prove that people are at the heart of the company and the key success factor for the growth and development of the company”, he stressed, adding that “our company always strives to be a very attractive employer; and a real employer of choice”.
He admonished others to emulate their commitment, whilst expressing appreciation to the families of the awardees for their own contributions behind the scenes to ensure that they appear for work daily and give their best.
In his brief statement, Chairman of the Workers’ Union, Mr J.A B. Wright also expressed his appreciation to the company for the ceremony, which he said is a recognition that the workers are doing their job and the company is responding favourably to them in terms of conditions of service.
Long service awards, he maintained, means that people have worked and the management wants to recognise them. Brewery, he noted, is one among the numerous companies operating in the country that has record of recognizing long serving workers. The ceremony also means that the workers have satisfaction in their work. Whilst expressing his appreciation to Brewery for the award, he admonished other workers to stay the course as they too will get their day.
Human Resources Manager, Mrs Zorah E. Anthony gave a brief history about each of the awardees as they took the stage to receive their awards.
The following employees were given awards:
Jacob John, who joined the company on 1st May 2003 and promoted to Shift Manager in 2015, attained 15 years of service on 1st May 2018, Jessie Moiwo Momoh, joined the company on 17th October 2003 as Packaging Operator, and later promoted to Shift Foreman, attained 15 years’ service on 17th October 2018 and Abassie M. Kamara, joined SLBL on 21st April 2008 and attained 10 years’ service on 21st April 2018.
Each of the awardees was given a medal, certificate, drinks and a cheque for an undisclosed amount.
The ceremony was climaxed by entertainment from comedians, performance by talented youths and a party.