CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN OISTINS STAFF HONOURS NEIGHBOURS, OLDEST CUSTOMER
Vera Barrett is special to her relatives, friends and former pupils. She is blessed to have been able to celebrate her 102nd birthday in 2015, and some of them were able to join her to mark the occasion.
Recently, staff members of the Oistins branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank showed her that she is also special to them, when they presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a fruit basket.Ms. Barrett, who lives at Water Street, Christ Church, is one of the bank’s oldest customers, who, even though her account is held at the Broad Street Branch, does all of her banking at the Oistins branch.
As a result, the branch’s Yuletide generosity was extended to the former head teacher and appropriately, children were also included in their kind heartedness.
The idea to spread good cheer was conceptualised by the branch’s Customer Service Manager, Colleen Webster, who made the suggestion to the staff and they eagerly accepted and came on board. The 20 staff members of the branch also found out that 10 children lived at Sayers Court Children’s Home, which is located in their district, so they decided that each employee would buy a gift for a child whose name would be chosen using a draw.
So the children, their ‘Mother in Charge’ and a representative of the Child Care Board visited the branch where each staff member was introduced to their ‘child’ and the gifts were presented. The eldest child, Shakira, thanked the staff on behalf of her peers and the Home.
But the branch’s kindness went further. Staff members approached the bank to include the Children’s Home in its Adopt-a-Cause programme and on Christmas Eve, a few staff members went back to the Home where they handed over hampers made up of toiletries, bed sheets, bath towels and fruit.
The experience was such a joy to the Oistins branch members that they have decided to strengthen the relationship even further and have offered to continue assisting the Home. They’ve also vowed to periodically spend time with the children throughout 2016.