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24th May 2021 – A 20 year milestone!

2021 is a big milestone for the Foundation for Educational Services, as it celebrates 20 years in operation. It was in fact set up on 24th May 2001. On 24th May 2021, the Hon Minister for Education, Dr Justyne Caruana, the Permanent Secretary Dr Frank Fabri, and the FES Chairperson, Miss Pamela Schembri joined the FES staff at Head Office to celebrate this anniversary.

Minister Dr Justyne Caruana, together with the FES Chairperson Ms Pamela Schembri, unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, when FES was founded. Minister Caruana also awarded long term employees who have been working with FES for 10 years and over, with a commemorative memento that celebrates the employees’ commitment to FES.

Minister Caruana
commented on their loyalty to the entity and on the service given to families in the community. These employees hail from various areas of service of FES, including FES Board Members, Head Office, Childcare Centres, and Klabb 3-16 Centres. 

Minister Caruana, Dr Fabri, and Ms Schembri were also presented with a memento thank them for their support to the work and projects embarked on by FES.

Each guest was also presented with a book published by FES, that traces the history of FES from its beginnings. The book also features a number of testimonials by  long term employees, who put pen to paper to record their experiences as FES employees in their respective service sector.

The recipients of the commemorative awards were:

  • Prof Andrew Azzopardi – FES Board Member (in absentia)
  • Mr Mario Mallia – FES Board Member
  • Helen Fenech – Childcare Educator
  • Anna Farrugia - Childcare Educator
  • Carmen Mifsud - Childcare Educator
  • Joanne Camilleri - Childcare Educator
  • Josette Tonna - Childcare Educator
  • Nilda Pille - Childcare Educator
  • Rita Cini - Childcare Educator
  • Rita Balzia - Childcare Educator (in absentia)
  • Bernard Grixti – Klabb 3-16 Centre Coordinator
  • Julie Galea - Klabb 3-16 Centre Coordinator
  • Akvile Barauskaite – Childcare Centre Coordinator/Programme Coordinator HR
  • Marthese Vassallo – Programme Secretary (Childcare)
  • Marvic Ellul – Programme Secretary (Head Office)
  • Leanne Vassallo – Programme Secratry (Head Office)
  • Carmel Bonello – Corporate Staff (Head Office)
  • Lorraine Sultana – Marketing & Communications Coordinator 

The event was also an opportunity to thank the hundreds of workers who have worked at FES, and who are still working, to make sure the best service is offered to the service users. 


Hon. Justyne Caruana presenting the award to various FES staff members

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