Board of Directors
Mr. Alex Straun – President
Mrs. Sherillia Massicot – Vice President
Mr. Auren Manners – Secretary
Mr. Keithley Phillip- Treasurer
Mrs. Sheila Cable – Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Cleon Bradshaw – Director
Mr. Pierre Bowrin – Director
Mrs. Bibana Henry – Director
Ms. Patricia Welsh – Director
Ms. Jennifer Clarke – Chairperson
Ms. Camelita Huggins – Secretary
Ms. Doriette Fraites – Member
Ms. Sherman Casey – Member
Ms. Vernice Morton – Member
Ms. Juliette Simmonds – Chairperson
Ms. Antonette Hodge – Secretary
Ms. Willa Liburd – Member
Ms. Janice A. Esdaille – Member
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On Wednesday 15th October 2014, the annual SKCCU Melvin Edwards Excellence Awards ceremony was held at the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union Limited conference room. The Awards seeks to reward the hard work of primary school children in six grade, who sit the Test of Standards and excel to the top three positions. The top three students are invited to a ceremony along with their parents and/or guardians as well as their teachers and other essential persons who assisted in helping them to excel.
This year's winners were no exception to those winners who came before them. The winners were -
- Mr. Khalid Francis - 1st Place ( Immaculate Conception Catholic School)
- Ms. Zuwena Bennet - 2nd Place (Tucker Clarke Primary)
- Mr. Vidonje Richardson - 3rd Place - (Tucker Clarke Primary)
These children who are now all in Secondary school were delighted to receive their awards and the mother of the first place winner, Ms. Tessel Francis, articulated in a short speech her drive to ensure that her son excelled at his studies by setting a schedule for his studies and attaining past papers for him for which she took time to go over. Ms. Gabriel Bowry, who was the first place winner in 2012 also addressed the winners telling them how the awards had changed her life and caused her to strive even harder for excellence.
This year being the fifth year of the Awards existence, we were blessed with the presence of Mr. Melvin Edwards the patron of the Awards was named after. Mr. Edwards has been a true pioneer in the Credit Union Movement attaining the prestigious position of President of the World Council of Credit Unions in 1998. Fluent in French and conversant in Spanish, Edwards is known throughout the Caribbean Region for his contributions to economic competitiveness, private enterprise development, harmonized cooperative legislation and credit union expansion. A specialist in development finance and project management, he was formally trained at the St. Kitts and Nevis Grammar School, the University of the West Indies and the University of Wales, U.K. He also pursued post-graduate training at the Université de Bordeaux, the University of Minnesota and the Coady International Institute (Nova Scotia). The highlight of the ceremony was a short speech by Mr. Edwards, who was indeed delighted to see and interact with the students.
The ceremony ended with all the invited guests congratulating the students and parents/guardians for their accomplishments. It was followed by a personal donation by Mr. Edwards that would go towards future awardees. It is hoped that next year's ceremony will be even bigger as our Nation's children endeavour to excel in their studies.
The St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union Board of Directors and Management are pleased to report that on Wednesday 28th May 2014 a successful 31st Annual General Meeting was convened at the St. Kitts Marriot Resort. There were over three hundred persons in attendance. The feature presenter was Sir Probyn Inniss. He was most eloquent and convincing in his delivery on the theme: “Redefining Strategies to Serve You Better”.
Many awards were given in recognition of years of service. Amongst the awardees was the General Manager, Mrs. Sheryl Bass, who was given an award for twenty years of dedicated service and visionary leadership. Nine other staff personnel also received Service Awards for ten years of dedicated service. A Candle Lighting Tribute was beautifully executed in memory of the late Warick Estwick who was also honored posthumously for ten years of dedicated service. Several retiring volunteers were recognized for their contribution to the development of the Credit Union. Thirteen primary schools received gifts of reading books as a result of an innovative Book Drive Launch initiated last year October on Credit Union Day. The members in attendance too were delighted with tokens and some received surprise gifts.
The greatest excitement of the evening came with the declaration of a 5% dividend. The members were ecstatic. This is noteworthy as the institution had not paid dividend in three years due to the requirements of the new Co-operative Societies Act, Number 31 of 2011. The President, Ms Marilyn Johnson made it clear that; “The Board of Directors and Management are committed to making the SKCCU a model credit union. We cannot do it alone, and so we send the clarion call out to our members to do your part to help build and sustain your credit union.”
We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone and anyone who has contributed in any way to ensure the success of this institution. You have helped to light a flame that will never be extinguished because of that passion that now burns in all of us. Continue to support our credit union family always.
On Wednesday 16th October 2013, the Beach Allen Primary School portrayed its school song "Proudly we stand as students of this school..." when two (2) of its students were rewarded for their industry and hard work as the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union (SKCCU) conferred upon them the Melvin Edwards Excellence Award for excellent performance in the 2013 Tests of Standard.
This esteemed award has now become an annual feature of the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union Limited, and is presented to the top three (3) Grade 6 students in St. Kitts. This year, Beach Allen Primary School, is the proud recipient of the first and third places. Alaynah
Mitchell was awarded first place, while Daria James of the George Moody School was second place, and Chanecia Pole also of the Beach Allen Primary School captured third place.
The Principal, Mrs. Emileta Warner-Paul, and the proud parents of these students were on hand to witness the handing over ceremony which was held at the SKCCU Headquarters Conference Room at Bladen's Commercial Site. Both The President and General Manager of the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union Limited praised the students and congratulated the schools and the parents on the achievements of the recipients and encouraged the children to strive for excellence. Additionally, Chief Education Officer Ms. Cotton also commended the children, schools and parents and heartened the children to use Mr. Melvin Edwards as an example of what they can accomplish as he started out his career as a teacher. Then the Principal in her remarks thanked the organizers for this initiative now in its fourth (4th) year and mused that the school has the prestigious position of the first to receive the inaugural award. She went to equate this award to that of the State Scholar Award but for the Primary School setting. She explained that only the secondary schools attended by the recipients of the State Scholar Awards were highlighted, forgetting that these students had to have a foundation. Mrs. Warner-Paul concluded that the Melvin Edwards Awards will continue to promote and highlight the hard work and dedication of the teachers in the Primary Schools.
A hearty congratulation is extended to all the awardees. Also a special thanks and profound appreciation is expressed towards the dedicated teachers, who had the joy in teaching and nurturing these students as well as the parents for their unwavering support for their children and the schools.
The Beach Allen students continue to make strides in outstanding performances in both academics and sports. As its Motto echos "Unlock the Gate to Opportunity”, the students are encouraged continually to do the best that they can striving for the top as they unlock all the opportunities that come their way. The students who have set the benchmark are encouraged to press on and to build on what they started at Beach Allen and those who are to come will reach for that mark but do not stop as the sky is the limit. Congratulations again to all the recipients!
In recognition of Breast Cancer Month, the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union Limited recognized 5 female members, who are breast cancer survivors, by treating them to tickets to attend the 1st Annual Pink and White Gala held on Saturday 22nd October at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
At a small ceremony on Wednesday 19th October at the institution’s Headquarters, Ms. Julie Charles, Marketing and Human Resource Manager indicated that the Credit Union not only cared for the member’s financial health but their spiritual and bodily health as well. She also stated that the institution was aware of the way that this particular disease had ravage a cross section of the female membership and that the institution had always endevoured to assist the membership wherever possible with donations towards treatment. Given the emotional and psychological impact of this disease has on its victims, it was decided that the women deserved an elegant evening out to socialize with other survivors who understand their struggles.
After the brief opening remarks, the tickets were handed over by Mrs. Claudine Jenkins, representative of the Essence of Hope Association and organizers of the event. She expressed her thanks to the credit union for the initiative and she was delighted to meet the survivors. Mrs. Sheryl Bass, General Manager, stated that the institution was indeed happy to make such a gesture as the Credit Union felt that the members deserved such a treat. Finally, one of the survivors, Ms. Agnes Farrell, thanked the institution for such a wonderful token. She stated that on behalf of the members that they were truly grateful for the tickets and the opportunity to have an elegant evening out.
The members attended the event and communicated that they had a wonderful evening and they were happy that the credit union had recognized them and given them the chance to attend such a sophisticated event. To top off the evening, one of the institution’s strong members Ms. Idetha Mills Thomas was the awarded for the first Annette Jenkins Humanitarian Award for her extraordinary work done in the field of HIV in the community. Overall, the members had a wonderful time and stated that they would be forever grateful to the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union for such a treat.