Humbled and honoured Wharton-Isaac
She said she was pleasantly surprised, and equally humbled and honoured, especially at a time when she was still active in the Public Service. That was the response from Lucene Wharton-Isaac after being conferred with the Gold Crown Of Merit (GCM) in the 2014 Independence Day National Honours announced on Sunday.
Isaac-Wharton, who has been the island’s Cabinet secretary for just over a year now, was recognized for her long and distinguished public service, which has spanned some 47 years.
“I am thankful for all those warm thoughts of this accolade and those who had a hand in making this recognition public,” Wharton-Isaac said, adding: “I promise to continue to do my utmost as long as the Lord gives me strength.”
After joining the Public Service on September 4, 1967, as a temporary clerical officer, she moved through the ranks, having held such positions as acting head of the Civil Service, the first holder of principal personnel officer post in the Personnel Administration Division, senior personnel officer in the Ministry of Health and permanent secretary in the Attorney General’s Office, and later permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs.