Disabled man excels at Sandals

Observer staff reporter

Monday, January 22, 2018

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WHEN Henry Cameron, a resident of Hamilton, St Mary, was first employed by Sandals, many were sceptical. He had a physical disability.

“When I got this job a lot of people said where they going with this man, but I used that as a stepping stone,” Cameron, who has a disability with his left arm, told the Jamaica Observer North and East.

He explained that at 10 years old he fell from a tree which resulted in him spending one year and three months in the hospital and undergoing 13 surgeries.

His arm was badly damaged and doctors told him they would have to amputate it.

“There was a force that was driving me telling me that I am not going to stay down. They eventually told me that they would not cut it but it was badly damaged. Since that time I've worked hard. I inherited the genes of my father to be a hard worker. My dad was a hard worker so it's in my genes. I try to master anything I put my hand to... I master the art of working with people,” he said.

And at 68 years old, Cameron is still very hard-working. He believes age should not deter someone from doing what he or she loves.

“If you are mentally and physically strong, you should work. I try to be physically active; I used to run at least five or six miles each morning,” he said.

The father of four also loves taking early morning swims which is a form of relaxation for him.

Cameron, who started out with the hotel as a houseman, has been an outstanding employee with Sandals for approximately 25 years and has moved up the ranks in the housekeeping department at Sandals Ochi over the years.

First he was promoted to senior houseman the he later became supervisor for rooms. He now supervises the public areas of the property.

Cameron is so good at his job that he has been sent to a number of Sandals overseas properties to help with training and preparing these properties for opening.

He was a part of the team that helped with training in the Bahamas. He was there last year when the country was affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria and he helped to put things back in place.

Cameron was also a member of the team which was at Sandals Royal Barbados a few months ago.

“I do my job to the best of my ability, I train team members in the best way,” Cameron said. He believes his dedication to his job has resulted in him being selected to represent Sandals on overseas properties.

“If you have it mentally you will put it out physically,” Cameron, who is from Hamilton Mountain, said.

Being able to give great service is a rewarding experience for the very hard-working man.

His job includes ensuring all public spaces are in good condition for guests. These areas include lobbies, restaurants and gyms. He also coordinates a number of projects.

He believes that he continues to do well at his job because he loves working with people.

“I love working with people,” Cameron, who worked as a tailor and a field officer with the Ministry of Health before joining the tourism industry, said.

“Working with people, that gives me motivation. Meeting people and helping them are the things that keep me going,” Cameron added.

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