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(PRESS RELEASE) — The three-day programme of activities to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019 at CIBC FIrstCaribbean International Bank had the aim of connecting with female staff, women from vulnerable communities and students.
On Thursday 07th March 2019, female staff drawn from all branches of the bank, were celebrated in a novel team-bonding Paint & Sip evening of fellowship and fun.
A highlight of the evening was donations to the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre and the Upton Garden’s Girls Centre at a combined total of $5,000.
The evening opened with a motivational presentation by Leadership and Human Resource Development specialist, Dr. Thecla Fitz-Lewis on this year’s theme – #BalanceForBetter.
The event also patronized the business of a young female entrepreneur whose product aligns with this year’s theme. Bel Koulѐ Paint & Sip Entertainment Services which is operated by Ms. Maundy Lewis.
The following day, International Women’s Day, saw Miss Tara Moses, a second-year student from the Business Administration Department of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) “shadowing” Branch Manager Mrs. Smerna Pompelis-Kangal for the day.
Ms. Moses described the experience as “very informative” and added that it introduced her to “a new side of banking and financing which I had no idea about”.
Mrs. Pompelis-Kangal said: “In addition to joining in the expression of solidarity with women the world over, the bank also embraces the role of raising awareness about International Women’s Day and its significance both internally and within the community. As a rule, team members are encouraged to incorporate the IWD brand colours of purple, green and white into their dress for the day, and to support corporate outreach initiatives through personal contributions.”
“Our internal focus is also intended to encourage our team members to see themselves both as empowered women and as champions in their own spheres of influence,” she added.
Staff members also made a donation of personal care products to the female section of the Bordelais Correctional Facility on Monday, March 11, 2019 to complete their IWD activities.