On Feb 17th at 2:05pm, Dr. Spencer sent an email to the entire student body requesting a meeting with us on the following Tuesday. Okay cool, no big deal, he has called us into meetings before… However, the anxious feeling in many of us increased when on the 20th, we received a reminder email. Alright…what is this about now? Spencer doesn’t send out reminders…
You could imagine our great surprise when our beloved director broke the news that he had been recruited by Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism to serve as the CEO of the Tourism Product Development Company and was leaving us on secondment. Secondment basically means that Dr. Spencer is not actually resigning but rather will be on loan for the next two years, with the option to extend after that time is up. Did this make any of us feel better? No, but regardless of how we may feel about this sudden change, we are all extremely proud of Dr. Spencer and this big achievement in his life.
Life at CHTM so far has been quite a rocky yet freakishly fun journey and I am sure that every student can attest to that. The second years must be taking the news the hardest since they have just started the race and have already experienced numerous potholes along the way. The third year students sympathize with you, we really do. Remember, you CAN do it.
Last Sunday, students turned out in their numbers for a farewell football match featuring Warriors vs. No Name. The match began at 5:15 pm. By 6:30, Warriors had scored six goals, five of which were scored by Spencer and one from Keshae. A few minutes later, Warriors were up another goal .The game was called to an end at 7:15pm but Neil from No Name begged for an extra five minutes to bring up his team’s score. Sadly for him, in less than two minutes, Spencer had scored another goal for Warriors thereby ending the game at 8 – 3.
The three goals from the defeated team were scored by Eric (not from CHTM), Josiah, and Julio. Neil insisted that at least four of Spencer’s goals were ‘allowed’ as some kind of ‘farewell gift’. After the game, the students headed to the dining room for a short get-together with food and drinks provided by CHTM’s Cooking Club. It was a chilled and laid back atmosphere filled with lots of laughter and chatter. Dr. Spencer seemed quite pleased and amazed by the turnout and thanked us for coming to celebrate with him. We stayed there for about an hour and a half before returning home. It was a bittersweet day.
We promise not to sulk because you are leaving but be happy because you were here. You have gone above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions for us and for that, we will be forever grateful. “How lucky I [we] am [are] to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh
By Patria Moise, BSc. Tourism Management (Special) 2017