PRESS RELEASE – CIBC FirstCaribbean management across the bank’s 17 territories on Thursday, May 15 celebrated the bank’s over 3,000 employees as part of the annual Employee Appreciation Day activities.
The leadership of the regional bank joined with their colleagues 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, the Senior Executive Team led by Chief Executive Officer Rik Parkhill (donned chef hats and 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.
Appreciation activities at headquarters were repeated across the region as managers arranged various treats for their staff, presented them with cards and personal notes of thanks for the various roles they perform within the bank.
In Saint Lucia, CIBC FirstCaribbean employees were treated to an assortment of goodies and activities at each branch on island. Bridge Street employees reveled in a fun and entertaining session of Karaoke while the Vieux Fort team enjoyed a sumptuous lunch, and Soufriere and Rodney Bay branches, a healthy breakfast.
Every employee was celebrated with a corsage from their manager and others received cups filled with chocolates and goodies.
Country Manager Ladesa James-Williams highlighted the importance of the Employee Appreciation Day, stating that, “Recognising and celebrating the efforts of our employees in this way, emphasises that they are the driving force behind the success of CIBC FirstCaribbean. We know that they are our strongest asset and the impetus behind the growth and development of CIBC FirstCaribbean.”
The highlight of the day was the announcement of the Amazing Employee for 2014 as voted for by their colleagues. The winner Glendina Jacobs of Antigua was chosen from a field of ten finalists who were nominated by their peers for the top honour 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 and Misty Davis of the Bahamas, Bertha Farley of Barbados, Kian Scott and Valda Stewart of Jamaica, Yasmine Houson and Monique Victor of St. Lucia and Davina Richardson of St. Maarten.