CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN CLOSES CHAPTER ON UNSUNG HEROES PROGRAMME

Though the book has been closed on the Unsung Heroes programme after a ten year run, generations to come will still be able to read about those Caribbean heroes at the local Public Library.

Thanks to a recent presentation from CIBC FirstCaribbean, the National Library Service now has 12 copies of the colorful coffee table book as part of their inventory which, says the Deputy Director Mary Waldron, will be distributed throughout the system and shared among the 8 branch libraries and the main library at Independence Square.

Director of Retail Banking Channels with CIBC FirstCaribbean Michelle Whitelaw paid a visit and made the presentation recently to the Deputy Director at the main branch of the National Library Service in Bridgetown. She also presented a signed copy which will be deposited in the Library’s Heritage Collection which houses copies of all Barbadian written or produced books.

Michelle Whitelaw, Director of Retail Banking Channels (left) presents the autographed copy of the Unsung Heroes Book to Mary Waldron, Deputy Director of the National Library Service.

Michelle Whitelaw, Director of Retail Banking Channels (left) presents the autographed copy of the Unsung Heroes Book to Mary Waldron, Deputy Director of the National Library Service.

The 105 page coffee table book was written and photographed by renowned Barbadian photographer Ronnie Carrington who visited some ten Caribbean territories to interview and photograph the past heroes who were honoured between 2003 and 2011. The programme ended in 2012.

Carrington explained how touched and humbled he was as he travelled the Caribbean and visited with these heroes, the simple but giving lives they live and the fact that they do it, not for any reward, but for the love of their fellow men and for the sheer joy of giving or helping another in need. He stated that he was happy to have been chosen to chronicle their lives for generations to come and for the world to be aware of these selfless persons in the Caribbean.

The Deputy Director of the Library Service thanked the Bank for the donation of the books and told Mrs. Whitelaw that they will be treasured among the Library’s collection.

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