Having completed an Associate Degree in Accounting in 1979, I applied for a position in the Human Resources Department. There, I was responsible for all the benefits programs and interacted with the staff and faculty on both campuses. As with the Registrar’s office, the records and forms in Human Resources were not computerized and the bulk of the work was done manually.
In 1984, I was transferred to the Caribbean Research Institute, now the Eastern Caribbean Center. CRI was the research arm of the University, and many publications were produced that addressed the environment, water resources, social issues and other areas of relevance for the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean. Fairly substantial funding was obtained from federal sources, the local government and private entities. I worked with the researchers and provided budget updates and assistance with procurement matters in my capacity as office manager, accountant and purchasing agent. At CRI, I was introduced to the personal computer and learned by trial and error. While at CRI, I also worked with the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) selling books and participating in agricultural fairs and conferences.
|Ms. Helen Dookhan, Dr. Isaac Dookhan and their five|
daughters taken in 1979
Ms. Helen Dookhan still works with the Cooperative Extension Service, now part of Research and Public Service, at UVI.