Kayyon Harley of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor is the 12th recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Community Award Program of Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands. The management of the company announced Ms. Harley’s selection on January 21. She is the first employee of the Government of the Virgin Islands to receive an award.
Ms. Harley is a Labor Veterans Employment Representative with the department, but to the people she serves, she is so much more. She provides extensive personal services to her clients, the Territory’s veterans of military service. Currently she works with over 50 registered veterans and an additional 100 non-veterans in the District of St. Thomas-St. John, assisting them with job placements and referrals, outreach programs, preparation of resumes and similar documents, and assistance with federal and local veterans programs. In the 12 months she has held this position, her accomplishments have included initiating and enforcing a “Hire Vets First” program, achieving the highest job placements for one period in her department, organizing the annual Veterans Job Fair, and speaking at the 2010 Veterans Day activities.
Ms. Harley was nominated for the Community Award by one of her clients, Beverly P. Esau-Bridgewater. Ms. Esau-Bridgewater stated in her nomination, “As a veteran, I have personally experienced and benefited from Ms. Harley’s knowledge, creativity, determination, dependability, program services and unwavering support. In essence, Ms. Harley is trying to revive the spirit of patriotism to our beautiful Virgin Islands.” She went on to explain that “Ms. Harley has efficiently utilized the various programs and services available in her capacity as Veterans Representative to be a source of emotional, organizational and informative support to me, during what I’ll easily classify as the lowest period of my human existence.”
Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands is proud to bestow the Community Award of $1,000 on Ms. Kayyon Harley for her work with our Territory’s veterans.