A release from the financial institution stated, “There are Unsung Heroes in every community and FirstCaribbean is keen to reward and recognize those residents of St. Kitts and Nevis who have made it their life’s work to give back to their community without a desire for acclaim.”
The bank’s Country Manager, Peter Edmunds, noted that there had been approximately 200 submissions from across the region, and that all 17 countries in which FirstCaribbean operated had participated in the program. He thanked the public and the media for contributing toward the program’s success through the years and highlighted the importance of the reward in furthering the efforts of the winners.
In similar fashion the 2011 FirstCaribbean Unsung Heroes program will seek out altruistic and capable individuals who discern need and potential and then take on the challenge of doing something to create opportunities and avenues for people to grow and prosper.
Local Coordinator, for the program, Mr. Gerard Pereira, said that local committee responsible for the selection of the winner here, include Sonya Parry, Karen Morton, Marrisa Hobson, Phillip Browne, Valentine Monish and Nigel Rawlins.
Heroes will be selected based on specific criteria and exclusively from entries submitted by persons in the community on behalf of those deemed worthy of the award. The winner would be rewarded with a prize of US $6,000 and will also be eligible for consideration as the 2011 Regional Unsung Hero across the 17 territories in which FirstCaribbean operates.
The regional Unsung Hero receives an additional US$7,500 and the regional runners-up will each receive US$5,000.
In 2010 Mrs. Joycelyn Liburd earned the distinction of being named Unsung Hero for St. Kitts and Nevis. Past Unsung Heroes have been Nigel Browne, Clarice Cotton, Earl Clarke,
Ken Evelyn and Winston ‘Zack’ Nisbett.
The Unsung Heroes program commenced in 2003 and remains the flagship initiative of FirstCaribbean’s Sponsorship and Community Relations program.
The closing date for nominations is June 30, 2011. Forms are available at all FirstCaribbean branches, and on the Bank’s website www.firstcaribbeanbank.com.