DCFS names new deputy director

| 01/05/2019
CNS Local Life
Rayle Roberts

(CNS Local Life): Rayle Roberts has been appointed deputy director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and will take up his post Wednesday, 15 May, filling “a critical role in the management structure”. Roberts, who has a master’s degree in social work and counselling with a minor in gerontology, has 20 years of experience in counselling and psychotherapy.

Roberts worked in various agencies in Florida and Grand Cayman before setting up private practice on-island in 2010. A motivational speaker, trainer, consultant and therapist, he has combined practical casework with the delivery of professional training sessions in team-building, stated a press release.

“With the appointment of Mr Roberts as deputy director, the department has filled a critical role in the management structure,” said DCFS Director Paulinda Mendoza-Williams.

“Mr Roberts’ skills and expertise are definitely assets to the organisation and we highly anticipate his contributions to the ongoing development of social work practice in the Cayman Islands.”

Ministry of Community Affairs Chief Officer Teresa Echenique said of the appointment, “I am very pleased to have another young qualified Caymanian take up a management post in the Department of Children and Family Services.

“Based on his qualifications and experience, I feel that Mr Roberts will complement Director Mendoza-Williams and together they will continue to enhance and develop services and standards to the benefit of our community.”

Roberts spoke of his motivation for taking up the senior civil service position at the 155-strong department. “The one thing I have always known I’d like to do with my life is to help others. I pursued a calling in social work because making a difference in people’s lives is the most important aspect of a career to me,” he said.

“Since obtaining my master’s degree, I have had the opportunity to provide therapy and training to individuals and businesses in the United States, St Maarten, Jamaica, and most importantly, right here at home. I look forward to working with the talented and competent members of the department as we work together to achieve its overall goals, through our direct impact on the most vulnerable members of our community.”

An active member of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, Roberts is Deputy Chair of the National Drug Council, and is affiliated with several sports bodies.

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