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SVG’s Scotia wins most awards for work in volunteerism


The local branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia has won the most awards for work in the bank’s International Philanthropic Initiatives.{{more}}

St Vincent and the Grenadines won three of the seven awards distributed among the various territories for their work in volunteerism and community outreach, through the bank’s Bright Future Programme for the 2013 financial year.

The Halifax Street branch won the coveted Scotiabank Bright Future Country Award, which goes to the country that excelled in overall philanthropic performance, including community impact, staff participation and generating goodwill for the bank.

St Vincent and the Grenadines also won the award for Most Employee Volunteer Hours, which recognizes countries with outstanding overall Scotiabankers’ volunteer engagement that made a difference in their communities through charitable initiatives throughout the year.

The local bankers also brought home the award for building Scotiabank’s profile, in recognition of their high impact activity aligned to the pillars of the Bright Future Programme throughout the last financial year, that raised the bank’s profile and attribution.

Janine DeFreitas, Scotiabank’s Personal Banking officer, said that the recognition serves as a great motivator to the staff at the institution to continue the work they have been doing for the benefit of the individuals, groups and organizations that they support.

“While we are excited to receive these international awards, nothing is more satisfying than the peace of mind we receive when we see first-hand that our volunteering and philanthropic efforts are making a huge difference in the communities and people we serve.”

In 2013, Scotiabank and its employees were involved in over 1,000 philanthropic initiatives internationally, contributing over 115,000 volunteer hours at events that reached close to 300,000 children and 6,000 social, charitable and community organizations.(JJ)