Nov. 18, 2005 — Hovensa and the Hovensa Employees Planning and Outreach Committee (EPOC) held an Unsung Heroes Award ceremony on Monday. The recipients of the 2005 Unsung Heroes Awards were Miguelina Ayala, Marjorie Drummond, Tyrone "Snipy" Sebastian, and Raymond Williams.
These individuals were selected from a number of nominations by Hovensa employees of persons who have resided on the island for at least one year and have voluntarily been doing things to make a difference in the lives of others in the community without compensation.
Miguelina Ayala was honored for her years of service taking care of the sick and shut-ins in the area of Frederiksted.
Marjorie Drummond, who happens to be a Hovensa employee, was honored for her service to the Elmo Plaskett East Little League during the past ten years. It was noted that she makes sure that no child is left in the ballpark when the lights are turned off after a night game and that, often when a team travels off island, she accompanies the team and makes sure that all the children on a team are fed and otherwise taken care of.
Tyrone Sebastian was honored for being the person everyone who lives in the Watergut community knows and can rely on for assistance with anything.
Raymond Williams was honored for being instrumental in the establishment of the Grove Place Action Committee and the Weed & Seed Program in Grove Place.
The honorees and members of their family were given a group tour of the refinery by Hovensa President Larry Kupfer immediately before the award ceremony. The ceremony was conducted in the main conference room in the Administration Building at the refinery.
During the award ceremony, Kupfer quoted Harry Truman stating, "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." He praised the honorees for seeing a need and acting to fill the need in order to make things better.
Each of the honorees was presented with an engraved plaque and a cash award. The honorees and their family member then enjoyed a buffet lunch with members of EPOC and the president and two vice presidents of Hovensa. Drummond and Williams were off island on Nov. 14t. Drummond was represented by her daughter and her mother, and Williams was represented by his mother and one of his sisters.
In the closing remarks, Etta Lee Pickering, a member of EPOC, encouraged the Unsung Heroes to continue caring and giving to their family and the community.
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