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Freeport customer jetting off to Miami thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:41

A pleased Marvin Pelley (R), Bahamas grand prize winner in CIBC FirstCaribbean’s recent “Give More, Get More” promotion, receives his prize from East Mall Branch Manager Sally Laing and Wealth Manager Karen Glinton. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The grand prize winner in CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s recent “Give More, Get More” promotion is looking forward to enjoying a trip for two to Miami.

Marvin Pelley, 67, a retiree who has banked with CIBC FirstCaribbean in Freeport for 15 years, was awarded his prize in a brief presentation at the bank’s East Mall branch in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Recalling how he reacted to news of the win, Mr. Pelley said, “I didn’t expect to win! I was very, very happy and pleasantly surprised.”

Mr. Pelley, hasn’t decided when he will take his trip to Miami but said “I travel to Miami frequently with my wife, we are both happy to head back. We are looking forward to a short vacation, some sightseeing, visiting some restaurants and having a good time and relaxing. Of course, my wife will also do some shopping.”

Along with the trip for two, Mr. Pelley also received hotel accommodation and US$500 spending money. The long-time customer said he is very satisfied with the bank especially the service he receives “It is very good, I have no problems banking with CIBC FirstCaribbean. I have a great account representative, Karen Glinton, she always gives me great service.”

The bank’s Visa credit card cardholders were automatically entered into the promotion for every $50 they spent. Marketing Manager, Cards, Sam Brathwaite thanked customers for their support of the promotion, describing the response as excellent.

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Students graduate from environmental program
Submitted by DP&A   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:30

The 2015 Graduates of the Youth Environment Ambassador (YEA) speak to parents and spectators about Bahamian environmental issues. The program is spearheaded and funded by fast-growing environmental group Save The Bays. The event took place at the Wallace Groves Auditorium of Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Primary School. (Photo: Jenneva Russell)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Friends and family members filled the halls of Wallace Groves Auditorium of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School to cheer on just under 30 students as they walked across the stage as certified leaders and environmentalists graduating from the Youth Environment Ambassador (YEA) program spearheaded by fast-growing environmental group, Save The Bays (STB).

The program is formed in partnership with Glover & Associates Inc. and international training company, Center for Creative Leadership.

YEA Program Director Joseph Darville said the graduation is symbolic of a milestone that will make a difference in the future appreciation and protection of the environment.

“With all of the environmental issues being faced right here at home, education is a must,” he said. “Through our program, we are educating the future – the youth - which is imperative to the preservation of the future of the environment.”

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Scotiabank hosts client reception
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:24

Scotiabank Executives with Freeport Management Team - Managing Director, Sean Albert, traveled to Freeport to officially welcome the new branch and client relationship managers at a client reception.  Pictured left to right are Gregory Stuart, Group Head, Corporate and Commercial Banking; Keith Beneby, Senior Client Relationship Manager; Keva Ryan, Manager of Service & Support; Daquan Swain, Trainee Personal Banking Officer; Alessandro Major, Senior Teller; Davonia Archer, Business Banking Manager; Sean Albert, Managing Director; Natasha Russell, Personal Banking Manager; Bruno Styles, Branch Manager; April Bartlette, Personal Banking Officer; Adrian Carey, Client Relationship Manager. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Scotiabank’s Corporate and Commercial Banking (CCBC) team recently hosted a cocktail reception for key clients and industry partners at the branch in Regent Centre, Freeport.

The branch came alive, after closure, for a memorable evening filled with networking, scrumptious cuisine and smooth jazz sounds by popular local band, Phase Four.

Sean Albert, Managing Director of Scotiabank in The Bahamas, was on hand for the special occasion. Highlighting that Scotiabank has been a part of the Bahamian community for almost 60 years, Albert for gave a brief history of the Bank, which has a presence in over 55 countries. “Scotiabank is Canada's most international bank. We are dedicated to helping our 21 million customers become financially better off.”

“The recently renovated Freeport Branch is one of many around the world to offer an enhanced customer experience with an improved branch layout. I met with the management team at this contemporary branch here in Freeport, including its new manager, Bruno Styles. The team is committed to deepening our relationships with our clients as we work together,” Albert continued.

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Grand Bahama Technical Cadet Corps celebrates 20th anniversary with 30 graduates
Submitted by Nikki Bethell   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:08

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Technical Cadet Corps Programme (TCCP) celebrated 30 cadets during a graduation ceremony held at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom in Freeport, Grand Bahama. This year also marked the 20thanniversary of the Grand Bahama TCCP. The 13 females and 17 males represented four high schools namely; St. Georges High School, Eight Mile Rock High School, Sunland Baptist Academy and Grand Bahama Academy.

The 2015 graduates of the Grand Bahama Technical Cadet Corps Programme. From (l-r) St. Georges High School, Eight Mile Rock, Sunland Baptist Academy and Grand Bahama Academy (Photo: Nikki Bethell)

Under the theme “Embracing Technology Today, the Foundation of Tomorrow,” the cadets were charged to take the skills they learned during the past three years and use them to avail themselves to the countless opportunities in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Under Secretary, Mrs. Angela Pratt-Rolle, urged the students to consider careers in a STEM field, reminding them that Grand Bahama provides career opportunities in many technical areas.

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Shipyard employees participate in inaugural health fair
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:26

Shipyard Employees Participate in Inaugural Health Fair - Investing in your health is a great way to invest in yourself, and over 400 employees from Grand Bahama Shipyard(GBS), along with their families invested in their health over the weekend at GBS’ first health fair.  The health fair was held at Nesbitt Rentals, and was hosted to encourage employees to pay more attention to their health and welfare. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas – Investing in your health is a great way to invest in yourself, and over 400 employees from Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), along with their families, invested in their health over the weekend at GBS’ first health fair.

The health fair, held at Nesbitt Rentals, was designed to encourage employees to pay more attention to their health and welfare.

“Our employees are our number one asset,” said Reuben Byrd, GBS Chief Operation Officer. “So, bringing them knowledge of health services that are readily available here on the island and nearby in Florida that they can use to improve their health is something that was really important to us.”

Services available at the health fair included free health screenings, education on the importance of good nutrition and exercise sessions with fitness instructors.

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