Freeport, Bahamas – The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces the official retirement of its Director of Community Relations, Geneva Rutherford, effective June 30.
“The Port Authority’s mission is to better the lives of the Grand Bahama community, and by extension, The Bahamas. Through her involvement in so many organizations and activities on a professional and personal level, Mrs. Rutherford truly embodies our intent,” expressed President Ian Rolle.
During her tenure at the company, Mrs. Rutherford first served as Director of Training in 1998 and was appointed to the position of Director of Community Relations in May 2009. Over the past 15 years she has been actively involved in many of GBPA’s outreach efforts including the company’s annual Toy Drive amongst all primary schools on the island, as well as its Blood Drive and Clothing Drive in conjunction with the Salvation Army. The company’s numerous donations, scholarships and Top Achiever award for graduating seniors were spearheaded under her keen but caring oversight. In addition, Mrs. Rutherford plays a pivotal role within the local arm of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sir Charles Hayward Lending Library and Grand Bahama Children’s Home.
“She is synonymous with GBPA. Her engagement in all aspects of the Grand Bahama community is not merely a duty but stems from a true love of people and genuine interest in helping others,” Rolle added. “Prior to and over the course of her career at GBPA she has touched the lives of so many of the residents on this island.”
A former Senator and educator, Mrs. Rutherford has been recognized on numerous occasions as a community builder and honoured in particular for her contribution to the well-being of women.
“This is truly a time of mixed emotions for the entire GBPA family,” President Ian Rolle stated. “We are saddened as her years of service at the Port Authority come to an end, whilst excited at the opportunity before her to serve in another capacity. We wholeheartedly wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”
Mrs. Rutherford has been appointed as Executive Director of the Sir Charles Hayward Lending Library with responsibilities for organizing, directing, evaluating and reviewing the library’s resources, services and programmes.