CVC Technical Programme Officer Marlon Thompson was recently honoured by Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Ministry. He received the High Individual Value Award for his work in the HIV response in Jamaica. Marlon has dedicated over twelve years of service to the local response and was happy to be recognised. “I didn’t learn about the award until the day it was being presented. It was a pleasant surprise as I had no idea that I was even being considered for this recognition. So when I heard, I was overjoyed and very appreciative,” he said.
Marlon has been with CVC since 2013 and says the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ award means a lot to him. “Over the years, this award has been given to several stalwarts in the HIV response in Jamaica, and now to be listed among them makes me feel as if all the hard work I’ve put in over the years has made an impact,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the CVC Technical Programme Officer is reiterating his commitment to the HIV response. “Everyone appreciates when their hard work is recognized, and I’m no different. So, getting this award shows that all the long days and nights working to ensure that CVC’s programmes are implemented successfully were not in vain. This award has served to re-engenerize me,” said Thompson. He’s encouraging his colleagues in the HIV response to continue working hard to improve the lives of the individuals they serve. “My message to other persons working in the HIV response is that your work matters. What you do every day to help improve the lives of the members of the key population groups we serve is important as we continue to make a difference,” he said.
In accepting the award, Marlon thanked a few persons who have played crucial roles in his journey so far. “I would like to thank the CVC team for their unwavering support and for giving me the opportunity to make a difference. I would also like to thank my family for their support, Ricardo Nicholas for introducing me to the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) fresh out of high school, and Ian McKnight and Ingrid Cox for their guidance and support in my earlier years,” he noted.
The High Individual Value Award is given annually by Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness to recognise persons who are doing stellar work in the country’s HIV response.