On the occasions in which professional organizations find themselves honouring those who have been excelling within that vocation for periods longer than the grouping’s existence that event becomes even more special.
So it was last night when the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados honoured two of its own, Edward Bushell and Gail Springer, for the outstanding work in Human Resource and other management along with their performances in consultancy and advisory roles in matters affecting the livelihood of people in Barbados, the wider Caribbean and the world over.
Amidst the conferment of the status of honorary members on these two persons at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, many in the audience, including the evening’s featured speaker, Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan spoke proudly of the tutelage received from them.
HRMAB President Shane Howell said at the opening night of the organisation’s 20th annual conference that the awards and honorary membership are designed to recognize the “labour of those who have been pillars in their resolve and commitment to the practice and who have simultaneously fulfilled the role of catalyst in… promoting recognition, change and development of the human resource practice”.
He added that this honour is reserved for individuals who have become eminent in the field of human resource management or who have been deemed capable and, or reputable, to promote the purpose of the association, or a related field.
In welcoming remarks Howell noted it is the HR manager’s “ability to connect and harness the capacity of our people” that matters most despite changes in society driven by new technologies, contracted workspaces and global competitiveness.
As read-out in their citations, the lifetime work and achievements of Bushell and Springer left a track record of making those people connections while grooming individuals to fully exploit abilities.
The past of Bushell as HRMAB president in its founding years and the current President of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons was described as, “nothing short of accolades and accomplishments”.
According to his citation, he “has a wealth of experience which confirms that human resource practitioners can make the successful transition through general management, having served in various positions including that of general manager in Barbados regionally and internationally”.
Springer was described as someone who, “made it her business to understand and balance the multiple lenses that are the employer and employee perspectives” in her industrial relations and human resource experiences over 25 years across the Caribbean. (GA)