Thirteen Pacific Community (SPC) staff have this week been recognised for reaching long service milestones of between 20 and 40 years with the international development organisation.

The Long Service Awards were presented by the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, during ceremonies held in Suva on Tuesday and at SPC’s Noumea headquarters today.

“It’s the competencies, skills and leadership of our workforce who translate our mission and our members’ priorities into actions for the well-being of communities across the Pacific,” Dr Tukuitonga said in congratulating long-serving colleagues.

“In a world where jumping from job-to-job is becoming the norm, it’s something special to recognise those who’ve dedicated their careers to serving Pacific people through our organisation,” he said.

Long Service Award recipients in 2015

20 years:

  • Stéphane Allemand, Driver/Messenger (Noumea)
  • Aymeric Desurmont, Fisheries Information Officer, (Noumea)
  • Christelle Lepers, Public Health Surveillance Information and Communication Officer, (Noumea)

25 years:

  • Jipé Le Bars, Graphic Artist (Noumea)
  • Michel Blanc, Nearshore Fisheries Development Adviser (Noumea)
  • Teutele Grafteaux-Bentley, Senior Accounts Clerk (Noumea)
  • Manuella Rupeni, Publications Stock and Distribution Controller (Noumea)
  • Robert Smith, Marine Geophysics Advisor (Suva)
  • Sonia Savea, Fisheries Data Control Technician (Noumea)

30 years:

  • Marie-Therese Bui Thi Trinh Phao, Fisheries Project Administrator (Noumea)
  • Françoise Laubreaux, Special Projects Manager – Properties (Noumea)

35 years:

  • Sekove Motuiwaca, Geological Technician (Suva)

40 years:

  • Yvana Routier, Senior Human Resources Administration Assistant (Noumea)

In 2016, recognition for SPC’s long-serving staff will be combined with the annual Director-General’s Awards which honour and reward staff excellence.

SPC is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947.

Originally known as the South Pacific Commission (SPC), the organisation’s public name changed to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in 1997, before its legal name – the Pacific Community – was adopted for public use in November 2015.  The acronym “SPC”, by which the organisation is known across the region, is being retained.

Media contact: Jean-Noel Royer, jeannoelr@spc.int