She may be small in stature but retired Permanent Secretary, Sonja Welch is certainly a colossus when it comes to her in-depth knowledge of the public service and diplomacy.
It is therefore no surprise that for her over four decades of distinguished service and her unswerving commitment to Barbados’ public service, she was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM), during the 2017 Independence Day Honours.
About her accolade, a humbled Ms. Welch said: “I was deeply honoured and pleasantly surprised on being awarded the GCM for my 44 years of public service. I worked with love and commitment, without thought of any special award, and it is a privilege to have been thought worthy of this recognition. To God be the Glory!”
She retired from the service on September 30, 2017, having worked at various levels, and in several countries. She was often awed by the vast amount of talent, capacity and dedication throughout the service.