Tributes to Our Friend and Colleague
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
The funeral of Bonita Morgan will be held in Florida, at the address and time below:
St. Thomas More Parish Church
10935 South Military Trail
Tuesday April 17, 2018; 10am until 11am.
Memorial Arrangements in Barbados
A Memorial Service will also be held in Barbados during the month of May and details of which will be announced shortly.
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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Her inspiration, wisdom and vision saw the development of the tourism industry within the region to great levels, and has inspired many young minds to dare to achieve greatness and take our individual and collective countries further.
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Bonita Morgan. May the warmth of the Holy Spirit engulf you and comfort you during this time. And may her soul Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.
Junior Minister of Tourism 2006
May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Condolences to her immediate and extended family and the CTO family. May the many memories shared bring you comfort ad peace in the days ahead.
She will be forever remembered. May her sweet soul repose in perpetual peace .
Ministry of Tourism
You will be greatly missed dear Bonita. May you rest in peace.
Rest in Peace Bonita Morgan.