SOME of the best human resources practitioners in the country were recognised for their hard work by the Fiji Human Resources Institute.
FHRI ended its annual national convention in Sigatoka with an award ceremony to reward those who had shown dedication to their work, business and employees.
For the first time ever, FHRI also recognised young and upcoming practitioners during the award ceremony with the Young HR Practitioner Award.
FHRI president Balbeer Singh said the category was introduced to encourage young practitioner's development and performance recognition.
The first to receive the gold award was Sandhya Prasad of Douglas Pharmaceuticals Fiji Limited in Nadi.
Ms Prasad said teamwork was the reason behind her win.
"I wouldn't have gotten it without the help of everyone that I work with. From the management staff all the way to those on the ground that helped me in my work and those that helped me to be better at what I do," she said.
The other main prize of the night was the Senior HR Practitioner Gold Award that went to Bank of the South Pacific's human resources general manager Ravindra Singh.
Mr Singh said his more than 20 years of work with the company was testament of the high regards that the company had for its workers.
"It is because of them I got this and I could only thank them for their belief and confidence in me," he said.