In a ceremony organised by St Julian’s Council, Mayor Guido Dalli, in the presence of Council Members, presented the honour ‘Ġieħ San Ġiljan’ to Mrs Roseanne Camilleri De Bono as a sign of appreciation for the capabilities Roseanne showed in recent years in the area of health in her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmacy Of Your Choice (POYC) Unit.
Roseanne Camilleri DeBono is CEO of the POYC Unit within the Ministry of Health. Since 1988 she has occupied senior executive posts and as a Managing Consultant in the Directorate of Planning and Implementation she drew up, wrote and implemented a number of reforms, among which the National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan, whose guidelines were recommended for adoption in small countries by the European Centre for Disease and Prevention Control.
Mrs Camilleri DeBono was entrusted with planning, drawing up and implementing the national project of the Pharmacy Of Your Choice (POYC), along with a number of projects and national schemes which are today serving the needs of more than 180,000 patients in the community. The POYC Unit today is, as a result, considered to be the biggest dynamic operation in the community, which is serving more than 33% of the population of the Maltese Islands.
In a short period of time, with the assistance of her team, Mrs Camilleri DeBono managed to develop the POYC Unit to the extent that it was one of the first Government Divisions to take the Equality Mark Certificate, issued by the National Commission for the Equality of Sexes and the ISO 9001-2008 International Standard certification.
In the past few years Mrs Camilleri DeBono has received the highest prizes and honours, both national and international, including the Foundation of Human Resources Development, the National Enterprise Support within the Ministry of Economy, Investment and Small Enterprises, the University of Malta and the Malta Business Review. With all this in mind, in July, 2016, Roseanne received the Malta Best Health Care Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award for her positive contribution in the health sector for the country’s economic development and for her work, which will serve as a model for future leaders; and in April of this year she received her highest honour for Best Use of Technology in Business Transformation by the Malta Communications Authority.
In an audience with the President of Malta, H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Mrs Camilleri DeBono was honoured for the valuable contribution the POYC is giving in communities in Malta and Gozo; and she expressed her satisfaction at the POYC Unit Malta’s work which puts it at the forefront to enable two important aims to be achieved of the Sustainable Development Goals, recently drawn up by the United Nations.
Mrs Camilleri DeBono, who took part in several prestigious international activities and was appointed by the President of the Republic as Chairperson of the St Luke’s Management Committee, is an MBA Graduate with Distinction from the University of Grenoble in France and is one of three Maltese that the Institute of Leadership and Management of the UK conferred the ILM Fellowship.
In comments to the media, Mrs Camilleri DeBono said her experience had taught her that to succeed in your aims you must first be an inspiration to those around you and you must be prepared to play your part, be an example and show courage and commitment while respecting diversity at all levels. You must also have vision and persevere – never giving up.
“My success is due to the Ministry of Health, which believed in me and my capabilities, and to my boundless commitment, loyalty and confidence in my team. Last, but not least, the love and patience of my family, without whose support I would not have got to where I did today,” she added.
Also receiving the ‘Ġieħ San Ġiljan’ honour at the same occasion were the members of the clergy Mgr Ġużeppi Busuttil (in absentia), Mgr Guido Calleja and Fr Leonard Mahoney, O.Carm, in sports Charles Camenzuli, Duncan Micallef and Joseph Sillato, in art, music and philanthropy Lino Attard, Peter Calamatta and Carmen Muscat, in health Christopher Delicata and in culture Martha Fenech.