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Ellarese Williams

of Cat Cay

Yacht Club

Bahamas

People's

Choice

Award

Human

Resources

Ellarese Williams —

Human Resources Manager

Two years ago Cat Cay Yacht Club engaged Prevo Health to create a workplace wellness program for 80 full-time employees, all of which live on the two mile long island. The island has it’s own medical clinic which is staffed by one of 40 emergency physicians that donate their time in one-week increments to provide medical care to the members and the staff. The Clinic is funded exclusively by the members and managed by the Club.

The Clinic and the Club agreed it was important to provide the Bahamian employees, many of which suffer from one or more chronic illnesses including obesity and diabetes with longitudinal care where the focus was on prevention.

Elareese Williams (Reese), the Human Resources Manager since 2008, jumped in and has led the “Wellness Warriors” by example. Reese has not only lost over 120 pounds, she has inspired dozens of other staffers to walk the island at 6:00 AM, participate in cardio classes, eat heathier and participate in wellness activities.

Ellarese spearheaded a three-day health immersion which ultimately identified one of the employees with an AIC reading that was so high, it was a miracle she was still alive. We are proud to say Reese’s dedication and commitment, combined with the Club and Clinics support, Reese played a big part in saving someone’s life. We thank you Reese and congratulate you on achieving your personal goals.

Prevo Health continues to assist Reese Williams and her staff with health and fitness education, regular visits by Betsy Opyt, a Registered Dietician, Diabetes educator and fitness instructor.

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Ellarese was born on the beautiful quaint island of Andros, Bahamas to which she hails as the mother of her wonderful people’s skills. Ellarese studied Education at the College of the Bahamas and started her career as a teacher in Nassau, Bahamas. In continuing to pursue her passion in Human Resource Management, Ellarese is currently enrolled at Arden University pursuing a BA (Hons) Business Human Resources Management and has or is active in the Bahamas Junior Achievement, former Leader of the Bahamas National Debate Team, Toastmaster’s Club Bahamas and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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