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From left: Senior personal banking officer Christopher Samuels, personal banking officer Simone Brown, both of St Ann's Bay, and district vice-president in charge of the north coast region, Michael Thompson.
The St Ann's Bay branch of Scotiabank celebrated 100 years in fine style recently with a cocktail reception at The Jewel Dunn's River.
Sandals Grande Ocho Rios' public relations manager, Lyndsay Isaacs and custos of St Ann, Radcliffe Walters, share a joke.
President and CEO of Scotiabank Bruce Bowen presenting a certificate of appreciation to Kathleen Graham who has been a client of the bank for 51 years. - photos by Carl Gilchrist
More than 200 customers turned out to hear 'thank you' for their support over the years. Among the long-standing customers who were awarded certificates of appreciation, was Kathleen Graham, a customer for 51 years!
Branch manager of Scotiabank St Ann's Bay, Michelle Senior (right) with past branch managers (from left) Dennis Ennis, Beverley Corrie and Doreen Mortimer.
"She has been with the branch for 51 years and it gave me goose bumps because she is alive, she comes to the bank every week, she is a very influential person in the community and she has given us a lot of referrals over the years," branch manager Michelle Senior told The Gleaner of Graham, a past secretary of the parish council. The other customers recognised were businessman Peter Shand, custos of St Ann, Radcliffe O Walters, and Dr Clifford Bradford. Scotiabank president and CEO Bruce Bowen, was on hand to share in the occasion.
Barrington 'Barry G' Gordon (left) and his wife, Josett, in conversation with Rajesh Kripalani.
The St Ann's Bay branch is among the top five oldest Scotiabank branches in Jamaica and Senior said it is the number one retail branch in the local Scotia network. During the weeklong activities that culminated with the reception, the bank also expanded its community outreach programme by adopting the Bethel Basic School in the Windsor Heights community. This, Senior explained, was in keeping with the bank's focus on early childhood development. The bathroom facilities were upgraded, a vegetable garden created and the playground improved. The school also received a computer and Senior said there are plans to have the school registered with the Ministry of Education.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner