Officially handing over the refurbished CIBC FirstCaribbean UWI Computer Lab, Country Manager, Mrs Ladesa James-Williams said “CIBC FirstCaribbean is here for what matters and we are keen to ensure the continued development of our youth through further education.”
Head of the UWI Open Campus Country Site St. Kitts and Nevis, Mrs Susan Sarah Owen, says “The UWI mission speaks to the advancement of education and creation of knowledge through excellence. The kind contribution of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in St. Kitts and Nevis assists us in executing this mission and is therefore gratefully appreciated. The refurbishment of the Computer Lab at the UWI Open Campus in St. Kitts is particularly significant as the majority of students here are engaged in online education. The staff and students of the UWI Open Campus St. Kitts and Nevis are most grateful, especially to those members of CIBC FirstCaribbean staff who gave of their time and talent to assist in the renovations.”
Mrs James-Williams commented that CIBC FirstCaribbean has had a long-standing relationship with UWI through its regional scholarship programme and the CIBC FirstCaribbean UWI credit card. However, locally, the bank wanted to show its profound appreciation to the Open Campus for all that they are doing in St. Kitts and Nevis, and it was decided that adopting their computer lab was the most fitting way to do so.
The project was completed by staff under the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause programme which was implemented to help and support worthy community activities. Staff was involved in painting the computer lab, replacing soiled ceiling tiles and window treatments, and refurbishing tables. The bank also provided eleven computer systems.
The CIBC FirstCaribbean Adopt-a-Cause Programme brings public attention to some very worthy causes and draws the bank’s staff family closer together, as they work wholeheartedly on a cause of their choosing.
Mrs James-Williams says: “We have a number of students presently pursing their degrees in Banking and Finance at the Open Campus and several of our staff, including myself, obtained our degrees from UWI, so we were excited to undertake the refurbishing work ourselves. It was the least we could do for our Alma Mater and we look forward to assisting the local Open Campus Country Site further.”
CIBC FirstCaribbean continues to demonstrate that it is here For What Matters in the education of the communities it serves, by offering fifteen annual scholarships to the value of two thousand, five hundred United States dollars per scholarship, with Tara Stevens of St. Kitts and Nevis winning in 2012.
As part of the bank’s long-standing relationship with the University of the West Indies, the bank also makes available to current students, graduates or members of faculty or staff, a UWI Credit Card. Each time a UWI Visa Credit Card is issued, renewed, or used to make a purchase, a financial contribution is donated to the University to support its continued development.
Persons wishing to learn more about the bank’s programmes in education are
welcome to visit the bank’s branches in Basseterre and Charlestown.