Scotiabank Staff Give Time and Money for Back To School Outreach

It’s said that time is money and Scotiabank employees gave both recently to make the back-to-school transition smoother for school children across the island.

Teachers and students from Class 3 at Deacons Primary accept the gifts for their school from Scotiabankers Wendell Hall (third from left), Nicole Roach and Peter Carmichael (right and second from right).

Teachers and students from Class 3 at Deacons Primary accept the gifts for their school from Scotiabankers Wendell Hall (third from left), Nicole Roach and Peter Carmichael (right and second from right).

Staff members from the bank’s Bridgetown branch continued their long-standing support of the HIV Food Bank, donating school supplies to its affiliate group, the Family Care Support Group including books, stationery, lunch bags and water bottles. The supplies were donated to children who have lost parents or whose parents are unable to work because of complications from HIV/AIDS.

Branch manager Steven Smith noted that his team had supported the HIV Food Bank for over 10 years in a variety of ways. The initiative was spearheaded by the branch’s employee action team. Each of Scotiabank’s branches and support units has a team which coordinates community outreach, fundraising and volunteer efforts for various charities.

Personal Banking Officer at Scotiabank's Broad Street branch, Receda Clarke (left) hands over school stationery and supplies to representatives from the Family Care Support Group of the HIV Food Bank.

Personal Banking Officer at Scotiabank’s Broad Street branch, Receda Clarke (left) hands over school stationery and supplies to representatives from the Family Care Support Group of the HIV Food Bank.

Meanwhile, the team at the bank’s Systems Support Centre also contributed to their chosen cause, the Deacons Primary School, to get them ready for the new school year, donating a new printer, paper and bulletin boards. The staff members, who provide technical support to the bank, also took the time to do the same at Deacons, installing and setting up the printer for the school.

Welches Primary School was also a recipient of Scotiabankers’ generosity at the start of the school year as the employee action team from the bank’s Corporate and Commercial Banking Centre donated a number of items to the school. The donation included two computers for use in the school’s computer lab as well as books for the library and a bench.

Welches Primary principal Patricia Lovell (right) and students gather in the school's library with the books and equipment donated by Scotiabank's employee action team from its Corporate and Commercial Banking Centre.

Welches Primary principal Patricia Lovell (right) and students gather in the school’s library with the books and equipment donated by Scotiabank’s employee action team from its Corporate and Commercial Banking Centre.

Scotiabank senior marketing manager Lisa Cole noted that the donations were part and parcel of Scotiabank’s culture of volunteerism and added: “At Scotiabank, service is central to what we do. We strive to take it beyond the workplace and extend it to serving the community at large through volunteerism and charitable fundraising. We’re proud of the work our employees continue to do in the community.”

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