Tributes to Bonita Morgan

Tributes to Our Friend and Colleague
Bonita Morgan
1957 – 2018
Director, Resource Mobilization and Development, CTO

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – (9 April, 2018) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the region have lost a great representative with the untimely passing of Bonita Morgan, Director of Resource Mobilization and Development, who died on Friday morning 6 April in the United States, where she was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Bonita, who had been with the CTO since April 1996, was a consummate professional who had a profoundly positive impact on those with whom she worked or interacted, and touched hearts in the most fundamental ways.

Her calm and comforting demeanour, her penchant for providing a listening ear, her respect for colleagues, her welcoming embrace, and her selflessness were exemplary.

A hard-working, dedicated and committed member of the CTO family, Bonita had a great passion for the development of Caribbean youth and world class service, and she dedicated the best part of her working life to helping release the potential of Caribbean people through education, training and professional development.

She introduced many impactful projects and programmes during her tenure at the CTO, including the development of harmonized curricula for the associate degree tourism/hospitality programme across the region, tourism education materials for primary and secondary schools, showcasing careers in tourism through a variety of media, organizing an annual tourism youth congress and biennial tourism human resources conference, and being the driving force behind the CTO Foundation – the programme which provides scholarships and grants to Caribbean nationals pursuing post-secondary studies in tourism, hospitality and language training, and which she administered from its inception in 1997.

Bonita was also very instrumental in bringing to the Caribbean in 2007 the internationally recognised Hospitality Assured certification programme, which promotes a culture of quality, service excellence and continuous improvement within the tourism and hospitality sector in the region.

Bonita was a person of strong faith. She had a big heart and compassion for the less fortunate in the community, as evidenced by the effort she put into raising funds for needy families through the Yes We Care programme at Baobab Tower, the building at which the CTO headquarters is housed in Barbados. By encouraging members of staff of the various offices to contribute $1 each month, the programme helped at-risk families, as well as the Caribbean Dyslexia Association, and collected supplies for Dominica after the passage of Hurricane Maria last year.

Throughout her battle with cancer, Bonita displayed her characteristic determination and bravery. Never was her spirit crushed, her will weakened or her resolved shattered. She faced the challenge without a complaint and with an upbeat attitude. But that was Bonita through and through – always positive, always believing.

Her passing is a tremendous loss, not just to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, but to the entire Caribbean region, and we all will miss her perspective, knowledge and her deep understanding of tourism and human capital development.

The Council of Ministers, Board of Directors, Management, Staff and the entire CTO family extend deepest condolences to her husband, Paul, her children Jonathan, Maya and Ayanna, and the rest of the Morgan family, and assure them of our prayers and support.

Photos of Bonita Morgan can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/z1Auo55qHmAVaCH42

 

Names of persons across the region who have sent condolences.

 

 

 

 

Tribute from the Government and People of Montserrat

Tribute from President of the Tourism Office of Saint Martin, Mrs Valerie Damaseau

It is with great sadness that we learned the shocking news of your Human Resources dept Manager Mrs Bonita Morgan.

Death is always a time of great sorrow, and on behalf of everyone here at The Tourism Office of Saint Martin, I want to let you know that we will greatly miss this Tourism Pionner who did so much for the development of tourism in Saint Martin.

Indeed, Mrs Morgan was truly a great woman and personally affected me through her work. After working with us over 25 years it is a national tragedy that this amazing Lady has been lost, and I wanted to make sure you know just how many people truly admired her dedication and work.

So on behalf of: The Collectivité of Saint Martin, Saint Martin Hotel Association, Saint Martin Taxi drivers, The National Education of Saint Martin, The Teachers of the Tourism Classes, The Tourism Office of Saint Martin, thank you for bringing Saint Martin destination the required tools at the specific moment needed.

May you all get some comfort in this difficult situation. Our deepest condolences.

 

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joyann hinds(baobab tower custodian)
joyann hinds(baobab tower custodian)

from barbados

wrote on May 9, 2018 at 11:14 am:
My sincere condolences, you will be missed Miss Morgan, you were always that shining light throughout the day that brightens our hearts and up lift our spirits.

Marsha Armstrong
Marsha Armstrong

from Bridgetown, Barbados

wrote on May 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm:
I will certainly miss Mrs Morgan and her passion and commitment for the development of young people in the region. I first met her in 2008 as I journeyed with Barbados' Junior Minister of Tourism to Trinidad for the Annual CTO COnference and have been interacting with her regarding the development of the Programme as well as other tourism education and awareness initiatives. Our last meeting was Feb 2018 which myself and colleague thoroughly enjoyed and will forever appreciate.

Always a professional, enjoyed her interaction with the young Junior Ministers over the years in encouraging them to pursue careers within this dynamic industry.

To her family, my deepest sympathy and I wish you all god's comfort at this difficult time. She will be missed.

Helen Marano
Helen Marano

from London

wrote on May 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm:
It is with deep sadness that we learned of Bonita's passing. She certainly brought light to so many lives and so many were enriched by her expertise and enthusiasm.
The world of travel and tourism was enhanced by Bonita's dedicated contribution. Her spirit will be missed.
We at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) send our heartfelt sympathies to her family and to the entire CTO team who will deeply miss her as well.

Hospitality Assured
Hospitality Assured

from UK

wrote on May 2, 2018 at 6:00 am:
We wish to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Bonita Morgan, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation family and the region.

Hospitality, tourism and the Caribbean were part of Bonita’s DNA, along with her passion for the development of the beautiful Caribbean islands to be a world class destination with the finest levels of service and business excellence. Bonita’s commitment to Hospitality Assured demonstrated her dedication to this vision.

Our association with Bonita and the CTO gives us all great pride and satisfaction. We feel that as a legacy it is the responsibility of us all to preserve her vision and grow the Hospitality Assured project so that it continues to develop the Caribbean as a leading and sustainable tourism destination.

We all have our different memories of Bonita and she was without doubt a person with great integrity, pride, professionalism and true commitment to her work. Her knowledge was endless and it was evident that sharing this experience with others gave her great pleasure. She will be greatly missed.

Brian Been
Brian Been

from Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

wrote on May 1, 2018 at 10:47 am:
To the family of the late Bonita Morgan and colleagues, accept my condolences on the passing of a great icon to Caribbean Tourism. Mrs. Morgan went beyond the call of duty and was an inspiration to many she came in contact with. Her dedication to the edification of the people of the Caribbean was demonstrated daily and her zeal for excellence is evident in the many initiatives such as Hospitality Assured, Youth Congress and many others, perhaps too numerous to mention.

To the family, thank you for sharing her! May God be with you during this time of bereavement. Her presence will truly be missed.
Respectfully,
Brian Been

Brian Been
Brian Been

from Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

wrote on May 1, 2018 at 10:46 am:
To the family of the late Bonita Morgan and colleagues, accept my condolences on the passing of a great icon to Caribbean Tourism. Mrs. Morgan went beyond the call of duty and was an inspiration to many she came in contact with. Her dedication to the edification of the people of the Caribbean was demonstrated daily and her zeal for excellence is evident in the many initiatives such as Hospitality Assured, Youth Congress and many others, perhaps too numerous to mention.

To the family, thank you for sharing her! May God be with you during this time of bereavement. Her presence will truly be missed.

Respectfully,
Brian Been

Arlene Buckmire-Outram
Arlene Buckmire-Outram

from St. George's, Grenada

wrote on April 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm:
It is quite a shock to have come to the CTO website and to learn of the passing of Bonita Morgan. I first met Bonita many years ago, soon after her engagement with the CTO when I became involved with an EU funded regional training programme, executed by the CTO. She visited Grenada and Carriacou where we conducted training for the introduction of Tourism in schools.
I last saw here just over a year ago in Barbados and she was as lovely as ever. She was the ultimate professional who dedicated herself to the development of the industry and the people of the region and she will be greatly missed.
My deepest condolences to her husband and children. Your loss is the region's loss.

Jason Yearwood - Junior Minister of Tourism, Barbados - 2008
Jason Yearwood – Junior Minister of Tourism, Barbados – 2008

from North York

wrote on April 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm:
It certainly was a shock to me when I first learned of Mrs. Morgan's passing. We would have first met back in 2008, when I was representing Barbados as the Junior Minister of Tourism at the CTO Youth Congress held in Trinidad and Tobago at that time. Mrs. Morgan was the guest speaker at the workshop organized for the participants, and she certainly provided us with a wealth of knowledge for the few minutes that she addressed us. So impactful was her message then, that fast forward 10 years to today, I am now one of the many tourism professionals representing the interest of my island and the Caribbean in the Canadian market. Not only was her impact felt in word but also in deed, as she, through the CTO provided me with great support at varying levels, during the completion of my Bachelors degree in Tourism Management. Simply put – Mrs. Morgan must be credited as one of the foundational influencers where my career in tourism is concerned. She will be missed.

To her family, friends, colleagues and the entire CTO organization, I wish to offer my sincere condolences on her passing. May the Holy Spirit comfort you all during this time of bereavement.

Jason Yearwood

Miss. Rashana Jones - Junior Minister of Barbados 2016
Miss. Rashana Jones – Junior Minister of Barbados 2016

from Bridgetown, Barbados

wrote on April 22, 2018 at 10:44 am:
It is with deep sadness I say farewell to a pleasant and dedicated giant within the tourism industry, Ms. Bonita Morgan. When I met Ms. Morgan at Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress 2016 it was clear how passionate she was about youth development and tourism in the Caribbean and beyond. Ms. Morgan left an indelible mark in the hearts of many and was indeed a great inspiration.
With that said, I wish to extend sincere condolences to her family, friends and the CTO family at this difficult time.

Regards,

R. Jones
Rashana Jones
Junior Minister of Barbados 2016

Jacqueline Pollard
Jacqueline Pollard

from Bridgetown

wrote on April 19, 2018 at 3:48 pm:
Over the years of working with Mrs Morgan as a tourism partner, she has always been a source of inspiration as she carried out her duties in the most professional manner. I enjoyed watching how she interacted with all those Caribbean young people who participated in the Annual CTO Youth Congress.
Personally, Bonita was a great source of inspiration!

Over the years, I l bounced many tourism-related ideas off her and was assured that she would be more than willing to give sound guidance and advice. I found her to be a very amicable, selfless and devoted person.

May the Peace of God be with her husband, children,extended family and the CTO family during this trying time.