The Government Printing Department, Government Publications, the House of Assembly, the Accounts Section, Human Resources, which includes the janitorial staff, Administration, NEMA, the Registry and Documentation all participated in the competition.
Three judges Peter Deveaux-Isaacs, Undersecretary, Ministry of National Security; Allison Middleton, Senior System Administrator, The Central Bank of The Bahamas and Ava Burke-Thompson, Senior Manager, Weddings and Honeymoons, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Miss Bahamas 1981 evaluated the entries, Tuesday, December 7.
Christina Brown, First Assistant Secretary, Cabinet Office explained that the Events and Fundraising Committees at the Cabinet Office came up with the idea for a competition to encourage a spirit of togetherness as well as bring out the creative talents of the staff.
“It was fun because we came in on the weekends to really put up our decorations and door designs,” Mrs Brown said.
She encouraged other government ministries to promote such competitions to bring staff together and boost morale.
“You may have to pull out a couple of dollars, but the point is you could always get indigenous material to use,” Mrs Brown said.
The staff did just that decorating their doors with different themes using recycled items and also utilising local materials such as pine cones, bennie cakes, newspapers, sponge cotton, straw and raffia.
Ms Middleton, one of the judges of the competition, agreed that the competition was good for morale. “I am all for competitions or anything that brings a little more excitement to your daily work or your daily routine.
“It also adds a bit of camaraderie; it probably improved how they felt about coming to work; they were probably excited to be at work this week.”
Mrs. Thompson said, “It was pretty impressive. You can see the amount of the thought, time and creativity that went into everything.
“The competition obviously brought out a lot of thoughtfulness in everybody. They had to go to another extent in terms of thinking of what is Bahamian and what is different.”
She said they are judging based on originality, creativity, lots of thoughtfulness and something that is obviously depicting Bahamian culture.
The first, second and third place winners will be announced at the office Christmas party on December 17. Winners will most likely receive a trophy.