Saint Kitts and Nevis: the Ministry of Social Development bids farewell to Esther Hodge

Saint Kitts and Nevis: the Ministry of Social Development bids farewell to Esther Hodge


Saint Kitts and Nevis: The management team and staff bid farewell to Office Attendant Esther Hodge, who served approximately 25 years of dedicated service on August 31, 2022.

Hodge left strict instructions with the ministry’s leadership team that she did not want to have a farewell ceremony or gathering. Her motto since she announced the date of her retirement is “I came quietly and I want to leave quietly”. She got part of her wish.

During the last hour of her tenure as an office worker at the Ministry of Social Development and Gender, the staff members present came together to share fond memories and expressed their love and appreciation for her smile, her songs, her words of encouragement, her honesty, the care and love she brought to her work and, most importantly, her kindness. She has seen many staff members start and grow their families, which she celebrates even more than we do. She had a nickname for almost everyone.

PS Janelle Lewis-Tafari presented Hodge with a plaque to commemorate her 25 years of service to the ministry. In response, Esther left us all in tears as she sang, “I love you because you are you!” Our feelings to you too, Esther. You have left an indelible mark on all of us who work in the Ministry. We know you won’t sit still, but you’ll enjoy your retirement to the fullest.

With love and best wishes from ministers who have served, members of the leadership team, staff, interns, visitors and colleagues; past and present.

Joel C. Hicks