GK Employee Appreciation Week 2022 gets underway
Happy employees make successful companies. This was the perspective shared by Group CEO of GraceKennedy (GK), Don Wehby at the Company’s Devotion with a Difference, which kicked off GK’s Employee Appreciation Week (EAW) activities on Monday. The special 100th anniversary (GK100) inter-faith edition of GK’s groupwide devotion was streamed live on GK’s YouTube channel, to an online audience of over 400 GK team members from around the world.
Wehby was effusive in his praise of the GK Team during the event, who, he exclaimed, are “simply the best!”
“GK’s employees are our greatest assets. We cannot count how many things we have to be grateful for at GraceKennedy, but today as in fact every day, I give special thanks for each of you – our GK team,” he said.
Speaking to the significance of the GK team’s role in Company’s success, Wehby shared the inspiring quote of Japanese poet, Ryonosuke Sataro – Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. He also expressed his happiness at GK’s many accomplishments over the past century and pledged to continue efforts to make GK “the happiest place in the world to work.”
The GK100 Devotion with a Difference featured an inspiring vocal performance by a Praise and Worship quintet, comprised of GK team members. The spiritually uplifting event also incorporated messages, religious readings and prayers from GK team members from around, representing Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths.
Guest Speaker at the devotion, Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels delivered an energetic and motivational message, encouraging the GK team to “mark great moments, meditate on great miracles, make great mentions, in order to move into great mastery.” Jamaican gospel artiste, Jermaine Edwards, then brought the curtains down on the proceedings, performing several of his popular hits, accompanied by the Island Worship Band.
GraceKennedy began celebrating Employee Appreciation Week in 2014. Throughout the week, GK’s subsidiaries around the world, supported by their respective HR teams, host special activities for GK team members, to demonstrate the Company’s gratitude for their dedication and commitment.
In his final comments to the virtual audience, Wehby addressed the GK team directly saying, “It is such an honour to lead this team of exceptional individuals in this our 100th year. As we approach the next century and our 2030 vision, your work will help write the chapters of GraceKennedy in the future. Our Story is your story. The best is yet to come.”