2017 was a banner year for celebrating employees at Dart.
Thirty-two employees were promoted. Nine individuals embraced the opportunities that come from being able to change their career without having to start over in a new company. And a combined 205 years of experience, commitment and long-standing dedication, from 19 employees, was recognised at the recent Long Service Awards dinner.
“Dart prides itself on providing our employees with opportunities to grow professionally,” said Dart Enterprises Senior Vice President Human Resources Juliet Du Feu. “We offer unique opportunities for people to grow their career with us, whether that growth is along a specific career path or includes a change of industry. We strive to provide diverse and meaningful challenges for our people — it is a key part of what attracts people to join our team as well as what helps us retain top talent.”
Professional growth may come in the form of a promotion awarded for assuming a leadership role without being asked, taking initiative on projects, or accepting managerial responsibility for a team of people and their goals and objectives. It may also come when a milestone in professional development or qualifications is achieved. At other times employees grow laterally by taking on a new role — sometimes in a new industry — and learning new skills.
Moves within Dart over the past year have included from Human Resources to Events and Experiences; from Information Technology to Investment; and from Events and Experiences to the Residences at Seafire. Because these opportunities all exist within Dart, there is no break in employment — just the opportunity to continue learning and growing and expanding professional horizons.
Hard work and dedication are valued and rewarded at Dart, and dedication is the thread that links the 41 team members who expanded their professional horizons in 2017 to the 19 long service employees celebrated earlier this year. Many long service employees have also been promoted or changing careers during their tenure with Dart.
An events manager, a vice president and a field operative; a CFO, an applications manager and a facilities manager; they all tell similar stories of opportunities taken, friendships made and experience gained.
“I hope to continue on my career path and feel that my hard work and loyalty have truly been rewarded,” said Dean Wragg, lead building maintenance technician.
Employees who were celebrated at the Long Service Awards reception and dinner this year — and who are permanently recognised on Dart’s long service walls — are: 20 years, Natasha Scotland; 15 years, Carmen Ebanks; and 10 years, Nigel Bates, John Santiago, Ben Cullen, Aimee Bush, Christine Maltman, Dean Wragg, Ravi Campbell, Danielle Downs, Jessica Miller, Jenni Huys, Alfred Williams, Clifton Hislop, Deborah Stacey, Pauline Kennedy, Miriam Berry, Matthew Bishop and Molly Morales.
Du Feu offered her recognition on behalf of Dart to all the long-standing employees as well as those who changed positions.
“We want to say ‘thank you’ to the long service employees for their commitment and ‘congratulations’ to all our team members whose professional growth in 2017 saw them taking on more responsibility with a promotion, or by exploring a new career opportunity within our diverse portfolio of companies.”