Ministry honours long service of retiree

| 03/08/2016
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Deputy Chief Officer Leyda Nicholson-Makasare, Henry Parchment and Minister Kurt Tibbetts

(CNS): Recently retired financial administrator Henry Parchment was honoured for his distinguished career in the civil service at a farewell luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure (PLAHI). “Mr Henry has left an indelible mark on us. We will miss his professional expertise and friendship,” said Denise Delpesh-Morain , deputy chief financial officer.

In January, Parchment passed a retirement milestone of completing 33 1/3 years, according to a government press release, which said he was known for his reliable, good-natured and diligent approach, with his life reflecting a commitment to God, country and family. “Be faithful in your work, stick to it,” is the mantra he has shared with others.

Parchment’s duties in recent years as the PLAHI financial administrator entailed working with colleagues in multi-million-dollar budget preparation; dealing with personnel issues relating to pensions, health and insurance; and managing the ministry’s accounts payables.

His career in government began in 1980 when he was hired as a public health officer. While undertaking public health studies, his career goal changed to teaching and he transferred to the West Indies College.

After returning home and doing a stint teaching, his focus changed to communications as he was hired at Radio Cayman. His work on the radio station’s accounts led to his appointment to a post in the Treasury Department in the 1990s, and then to PLAHI in 2005.

“We sincerely thank you, Henry, for your valuable contributions and outstanding service to the PLAHI ministry, and throughout your career,” said Minister Kurt Tibbetts. “We are grateful for your passionate and inspiring business acumen, dedication and systems knowledge.”

During his retirement he plans to write children’s stories as well as a book on early life in East End, but his immediate focus is on his family and church.

A long-time elder, his religious service entails everything from teaching vacation bible school with his wife, Melva (also a civil servant), to preaching, playing music, choral singing, community outreach and youth programmes. Time for fishing time is also included his new life schedule.

Parchment’s other advice to civil servants is: “Keep your cool when facing personal or professional challenges; don’t give up when things get rough; have respect for others; and remember that, while giving back to your country, you are also working to benefit yourselves and your families.”

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