Roslyn Jeffers is one of the star members of our Nisbet family. And, she’s an even bigger star now! One of our most-requested waitresses at the Great House, Roslyn was recently profiled in the St. Kitts & Nevis Visitor 2012 magazine as an interesting person from Nevis.
The honor is well-deserved and we couldn’t be more proud of her.
A sparkling smile, a love of people and some clever dancing feet are what make Roslyn Jeffers of Nisbet Plantation Beach Club truly someone to remember.
Since 1989, Roslyn has been a waitress at the hotel’s Great House dining room. Last year, she was named Hotel Employee of the Year in the island’s tourism awards. In 1999, she was named the Caribbean Hotel Association Employee of the Year.
“I like to meet people, and I love my job,” said Roslyn. “I give them my all. I go the extra mile.”
For afternoon tea served daily, Roslyn offers a bit more than the hum-drum English breakfast or Earl Grey. She pampers her guests with steeping private pots of local bush tea, lemongrass and honey, mint or basil. People just love it.
They also enjoy seeing her fancy steps during Nisbet’s Thursday night beach barbeques and music nights. Roslyn can get the whole group on their feet, even those who seem shy and reluctant to join in.
“I just love to dance,” she says, her infectious smile beaming. “And I love music. I told them when I die to put a radio in my grave.”
On Thursday nights, it’s common to see the waitstaff out on the dance floor once the nightly service is finished, enjoying the calypso beat and leading the guests in congo-type lines amid the swaying palms, under the stars. The magical setting and friendly staff are what guests remember when they think fondly of their days at Nisbet.
“Sometimes they want to dance, but they are scared,” she explains. “But once I hold them, I give them the spirit to dance.”
The mother of five children, ages 9 to 29, Roslyn loves to dance with the youngest, her son Rydel. Two work at the Four Seasons Nevis, one is attending college in Trinidad studying marine navigation and the two smallest are still in school.
A key part of Nisbet’s long-standing staff, Roslyn also works each morning at the Butler’s House Center, cleaning and assisting Nurse Ermin Jeffers with mothers and babies seeking medical checks.
At Nisbet, she loves to use the guests’ names, continually engaging them in discussions of the island. She’s even taken guests to church with her on Sunday.
Like many of her co-workers, who are like family, Roslyn enjoys the fact that so many of the Nisbet guests repeat their visits year after year. So they become like family too – just living a bit farther away.