Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

CIBC FirstCaribbean toasts staff on Employee Appreciation Day

IMG_4958BRIDGETOWN, WILLEMSTAD – CIBC FirstCaribbean celebrated its over 3000 employees across its 17 territories on Thursday May 15 as part of the annual Employee Appreciation Day activities.

The leadership of the regional bank joined management from the CIBC group worldwide in saying a rousing “thank you”, to the company’s corps of dedicated and loyal staffers for the professional service they deliver daily to the bank’s thousands of customers, oftentimes surpassing the high standards for which the bank is renowned. At the bank’s regional headquarters in Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados, the Senior Executive Team led by Chief Executive Officer Rik Parkhill donned aprons and served up breakfast to staff members.

Parkhill said “Employee Appreciation Day is about pausing – if even for a short while – within the hectic pace that is life at CIBC FirstCaribbean, and celebrating together all that we have achieved and recognizing that commitment and contribution.”

He said the bank has been forced to make “some tough decisions as we try to position our company for growth” but he remained optimistic about the future.

“There has been some stress on those of us who remain within CIBC FirstCaribbean amidst our restructuring activities. While we settle the new structures and complete the refinements to our processes, the benefits will become increasingly visible. Thank you for your contribution in whatever form as we go through this period of transition,” he told staff.

The CIBC FirstCaribbean colleagues in Willemstad Curacao were surprised by Country Manager Pim van der Burg with a personal thank you note and a small gift to express the bank’s appreciation for their efforts.

The highlight of the day was the announcement of Glendina Jacobs a Credit Counselor from Antigua, as the Amazing Employee for 2014 as voted for by her colleagues.

Glendina assists children in her village with preparation for the Common Entrance Examination free of cost teaching classes from her home.  She sources the educational material on her own usually from the Ministry of Education or at times out of Barbados.  Additionally, she uses her own funds to provide snacks for her students. Glendina has achieved 100% passes to date.

The runners up were Misty Davis of the Bahamas and Bertha Farley from Barbados.

The winner was chosen from a field of ten finalists who were nominated by their peers for their superior performances in the areas of community service, customer service, teamwork, relationship building, sales and perseverance. Employees then had the chance to vote for their favourite story and choose a winner.

The other finalists were: Carol-Jean George of Antigua, Mildred Adderley of the Bahamas, Kian Scott and Valda Stewart of Jamaica, Yasmine Houson and Monique Victor of St. Lucia and Davina Richardson of St. Maarten.

Caption: Mr Pim van der Burg with CIBC FirstCaribbean Colleagues 

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