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CIBC Caribbean and Bahamas Girl Guides Association host inaugural Delaney Leadership Seminar

Fri, Mar 1st 2024, 12:49 PM

Enthusiastic girl guides, ranger guides, and girls representing schools across The Bahamas recently gathered at the first ever Delaney Leadership Seminar.

The seminar, named in honor of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s (now CIBC Caribbean) first female chief executive officer, Ms. Colette Delaney, empowered the next generation of female leaders through focused sessions on leadership development, cultivating a leadership mindset, and the importance of building strong, supportive friendships.

The event featured a series of team building exercises, interactive discussions, and a keynote address by Dr. Jacqui Bend, CIBC Caribbean's Managing Director. Dr. Bend shared insights on the essence of leadership, guiding principles, and emphasized the role of young women in shaping a vibrant future for The Bahamas and beyond.

"It was a privilege to witness the incredible energy and budding potential of the young leaders that participated. Leadership is not just about guiding others; it's about inspiring action and fostering an environment where everyone can thrive. The Delaney Leadership Seminar is a testament to CIBC Caribbean’s commitment to nurturing young, bright minds and equipping them with the skills and confidence needed to lead with purpose and passion," said Dr. Bend.

Held under the theme, Our World, Our Bahamas, Our Thriving Future, the seminar underscored the importance of lifelong learning, perseverance, empathy, and collaboration in leadership, among other guiding principles. Dr. Bend highlighted the strides already being made by the participants and encouraged them to continue exploring their potential and envisioning their roles in creating positive change within their communities and the wider world.

Delina Rolle, a tenth-grade participant and aspiring lawyer from Preston H. Albury High School in Eleuthera, shared, "This seminar has been a life-changing experience for me. Hearing Dr. Bend’s success story and her tips were inspiring for me as a young girl trying to be a leader. I am happy I was selected by my school’s administration to attend and connect with so many amazing girls who share my dreams of making a difference."

The Delaney Leadership Seminar has set a new benchmark for youth leadership programs in The Bahamas. The event concluded with a commitment from both CIBC Caribbean and the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) to continue their support for youth leadership initiatives.

In 2022, CIBC FirstCaribbean donated to the BGGA to assist in completing the interior of its $1.5 million, West Bay Street headquarters, which will feature meeting rooms, office spaces, training areas, accommodations for girl guides visiting from other countries and other essential working areas.

It was at that time that Dr. Bend affirmed the bank’s commitment to support organizations that mirror the bank’s promise to assist women and girls in the communities it serves. Prior to that, the bank donated several native trees to BGGA, which were planted at its campsite, Camp Discovery, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Housing’s Forestry Unit.

Enthusiastic girl guides, ranger guides, and girls representing schools across The Bahamas recently gathered at the first ever Delaney Leadership Seminar. The seminar, named in honor of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s (now CIBC Caribbean) first female chief executive officer, Ms. Colette Delaney, empowered the next generation of female leaders through focused sessions on leadership development, cultivating a leadership mindset, and the importance of building strong, supportive friendships. The event featured a series of team building exercises, interactive discussions, and a keynote address by Dr. Jacqui Bend, CIBC Caribbean's Managing Director. Dr. Bend shared insights on the essence of leadership, guiding principles, and emphasized the role of young women in shaping a vibrant future for The Bahamas and beyond. "It was a privilege to witness the incredible energy and budding potential of the young leaders that participated. Leadership is not just about guiding others; it's about inspiring action and fostering an environment where everyone can thrive. The Delaney Leadership Seminar is a testament to CIBC Caribbean’s commitment to nurturing young, bright minds and equipping them with the skills and confidence needed to lead with purpose and passion," said Dr. Bend. Held under the theme, Our World, Our Bahamas, Our Thriving Future, the seminar underscored the importance of lifelong learning, perseverance, empathy, and collaboration in leadership, among other guiding principles. Dr. Bend highlighted the strides already being made by the participants and encouraged them to continue exploring their potential and envisioning their roles in creating positive change within their communities and the wider world. Delina Rolle, a tenth-grade participant and aspiring lawyer from Preston H. Albury High School in Eleuthera, shared, "This seminar has been a life-changing experience for me. Hearing Dr. Bend’s success story and her tips were inspiring for me as a young girl trying to be a leader. I am happy I was selected by my school’s administration to attend and connect with so many amazing girls who share my dreams of making a difference." The Delaney Leadership Seminar has set a new benchmark for youth leadership programs in The Bahamas. The event concluded with a commitment from both CIBC Caribbean and the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) to continue their support for youth leadership initiatives. In 2022, CIBC FirstCaribbean donated to the BGGA to assist in completing the interior of its $1.5 million, West Bay Street headquarters, which will feature meeting rooms, office spaces, training areas, accommodations for girl guides visiting from other countries and other essential working areas. It was at that time that Dr. Bend affirmed the bank’s commitment to support organizations that mirror the bank’s promise to assist women and girls in the communities it serves. Prior to that, the bank donated several native trees to BGGA, which were planted at its campsite, Camp Discovery, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Housing’s Forestry Unit.

“Tourism is Everybody’s Business”: MOTIA engages the domestic audience

Thu, Feb 29th 2024, 10:39 AM

In a move to have Bahamians buy into the importance of tourism to the economy, the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation (MOTIA) officially launched its “Tourism is Everybody’s Business" domestic campaign.

With statistics of historic tourism arrivals, a video of local faces, and beautiful scenery, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper officially launched the campaign during a press conference on Monday, February 26, 2024 at the ministry's offices.

He noted that on the tourism front, Bahamians have much to be proud of.

Over the last six decades, The Bahamas has developed its tourism reputation as a leading global destination. Moreover, tourism employs 60 percent and accounts for 50 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

“It has significantly contributed to raising the standards of living of generations of Bahamians and continues to provide opportunities for thousands of Bahamians,” DPM Cooper said.

In 2023, the country made history in tourism, closing out the year with a record-breaking 9.65 million visitors.  And, prospects for 2024 indicate that the momentum will continue.

He also revealed that in January, occupancy at the major large hotels in New Providence and Paradise Island showed great performance, with a hotel occupancy rate of 76.8 percent in the first month of 2024, up from January 2023.

For January 2024, the momentum for arrivals has continued with arrivals for the month up by 13.3%, overall. Additionally, air arrivals to Nassau/Paradise Island were up by 8.1 percent in January 2024 with overall Air Arrivals up 6.4% compared to 2023, and overall seat capacity is up with several new additional airlift expansions in the pipeline.

“So, you can see we have much to protect.  Tourism positively impacts every single person in The Bahamas.  And Tourism is indeed Everybody’s Business,” the minister said.

He then added, “And the time has come for a re-awakening of national pride in our number one industry, an enterprise which we as a nation have built with our very own hands.”

Also, involved in this campaign are local media personalities and influencers who will take the message beyond these shores.

The message that will be conveyed to the nation over the next year is straightforward:

•Tourism is of paramount importance to the economy.

• We are the custodians of a beautiful country that is annually sought after by millions, a country that we must grow in appreciation for and be proud of.

• Tourism is Everybody’s Business.

• In alignment with our country’s logo, “It’s Better in The Bahamas”, we must each commit to doing our part to make our country a better place.

Over the next few weeks, the Ministry of Tourism Officials will be featured guests on all the major radio shows and will make special appearances on local television.  There will also be TV and newspaper ads with tourism messages on social media, and additional billboards advertising the campaign.

“We’ll also be having a stakeholders meeting for taxi drivers and vendors on New Providence and then throughout the various islands,” DPM Cooper said.

He noted that one of the strongest selling points of this destination is the multiplicity of islands.

Tourism officials market The Bahamas as a 16-island destination, under the signature brand 'The Islands of The Bahamas' through which the distinctiveness of each island, and what it has to offer is promoted.  The campaign will also focus on this.

Influencers will make appearances on radio shows to engage the public to travel to upcoming events on Exuma for the Bahamian Music & Heritage Festival set for 15-16 March, and to Long Island, for the Mutton Festival, 21–24 March.

The ministry will also be taking the tourism message to students as well; the Industry Training Department will be launching a program to re-educate students on the importance of tourism.

 “A key priority of this government is to increase Bahamian ownership of the tourism economy.  The Tourism Development Corporation is dedicated to this mandate,” he said.

Tourism will also engage stakeholders from across the industry including Taxi Drivers, Tour Operators, Straw Vendors, Hair Braiders and Retailers to hear their concerns and their suggestions for the way forward.

In a move to have Bahamians buy into the importance of tourism to the economy, the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation (MOTIA) officially launched its “Tourism is Everybody’s Business" domestic campaign. With statistics of historic tourism arrivals, a video of local faces, and beautiful scenery, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper officially launched the campaign during a press conference on Monday, February 26, 2024 at the ministry's offices. He noted that on the tourism front, Bahamians have much to be proud of. Over the last six decades, The Bahamas has developed its tourism reputation as a leading global destination. Moreover, tourism employs 60 percent and accounts for 50 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) “It has significantly contributed to raising the standards of living of generations of Bahamians and continues to provide opportunities for thousands of Bahamians,” DPM Cooper said. In 2023, the country made history in tourism, closing out the year with a record-breaking 9.65 million visitors.  And, prospects for 2024 indicate that the momentum will continue. He also revealed that in January, occupancy at the major large hotels in New Providence and Paradise Island showed great performance, with a hotel occupancy rate of 76.8 percent in the first month of 2024, up from January 2023. For January 2024, the momentum for arrivals has continued with arrivals for the month up by 13.3%, overall. Additionally, air arrivals to Nassau/Paradise Island were up by 8.1 percent in January 2024 with overall Air Arrivals up 6.4% compared to 2023, and overall seat capacity is up with several new additional airlift expansions in the pipeline. “So, you can see we have much to protect.  Tourism positively impacts every single person in The Bahamas.  And Tourism is indeed Everybody’s Business,” the minister said. He then added, “And the time has come for a re-awakening of national pride in our number one industry, an enterprise which we as a nation have built with our very own hands.” Also, involved in this campaign are local media personalities and influencers who will take the message beyond these shores. The message that will be conveyed to the nation over the next year is straightforward: •Tourism is of paramount importance to the economy. • We are the custodians of a beautiful country that is annually sought after by millions, a country that we must grow in appreciation for and be proud of. • Tourism is Everybody’s Business. • In alignment with our country’s logo, “It’s Better in The Bahamas”, we must each commit to doing our part to make our country a better place. Over the next few weeks, the Ministry of Tourism Officials will be featured guests on all the major radio shows and will make special appearances on local television.  There will also be TV and newspaper ads with tourism messages on social media, and additional billboards advertising the campaign. “We’ll also be having a stakeholders meeting for taxi drivers and vendors on New Providence and then throughout the various islands,” DPM Cooper said. He noted that one of the strongest selling points of this destination is the multiplicity of islands. Tourism officials market The Bahamas as a 16-island destination, under the signature brand 'The Islands of The Bahamas' through which the distinctiveness of each island, and what it has to offer is promoted.  The campaign will also focus on this. Influencers will make appearances on radio shows to engage the public to travel to upcoming events on Exuma for the Bahamian Music & Heritage Festival set for 15-16 March, and to Long Island, for the Mutton Festival, 21–24 March. The ministry will also be taking the tourism message to students as well; the Industry Training Department will be launching a program to re-educate students on the importance of tourism.  “A key priority of this government is to increase Bahamian ownership of the tourism economy.  The Tourism Development Corporation is dedicated to this mandate,” he said. Tourism will also engage stakeholders from across the industry including Taxi Drivers, Tour Operators, Straw Vendors, Hair Braiders and Retailers to hear their concerns and their suggestions for the way forward.

Diamond Gala Crystal Awards for Atlantis employees

Tue, Feb 27th 2024, 09:58 AM

Atlantis Resort held its Crystal Awards - Diamond Gala, 'Once Upon a Time in Paradise' --  Awarding Employees in Seven Categories, February 23, 2024. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper gave congratulations to the staff. 

Department of Labour Joins Employers to Host 2nd 'Labour on the Blocks' in Centreville

Wed, Feb 21st 2024, 03:31 PM

The Department of Labour will partner with various employers to host a second Job Fair in the Centreville community. The event is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February at Stephen Dillet Primary School on Wulff Road between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Featured employers include Comfort Suites, Family Guardian, Mexicaba, AML Foods, and Lowes Wholesale Drug Agency. 

The job fair will seek to fill over 300 vacancies. 

A press conference making the announcement was held at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street on Tuesday, 20th February.  Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Hon. Jomo Campbell, who is also the representative for Centreville, was in attendance and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity. 

Director of Labour, Howard Thompson, Jr., said the fair is a continuation  of an initiative, relaunched in 2022. 

"On May 7th, 2022, the Department of Labour relaunched its 'Labour on the Blocks' initiative in the Centreville community, the first of many communities to have successfully benefited from these employment opportunities," said Mr. Thompson.  He said that in recent years, the Department of Labour's Public Employment Services Unit has assisted thousands of Bahamians with obtaining gainful employment through its job fairs and 'Labour on the Blocks' initiatives.  This year, he said, the Department aims to expand these efforts into more local communities so that more Bahamians may have access to available job opportunities.

All job seekers are advised to pre-register using the QR code available on the job fair flyer posted on the Department of Labour's social media pages which can be found on its Facebook page, @dolbahamas on Instagram and @bahamaslabour on Twitter.  Members of the public are also advised to present themselves in professional attire and to bring the following documents: a Bahamian passport of Bahamian citizenship, an NIB Smart card, current Police Character Certificate, and references.  Job seekers who are in need of professional attire can visit any of the Department of Labour's locations for clothing assistance. 

Acting Assistant Director of Labour, Simone Thurston, said that all persons are welcome to apply.  She also said that persons can still present themselves with the required documents even if they are not able to pre-register online. 

The Department of Labour will partner with various employers to host a second Job Fair in the Centreville community. The event is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February at Stephen Dillet Primary School on Wulff Road between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Featured employers include Comfort Suites, Family Guardian, Mexicaba, AML Foods, and Lowes Wholesale Drug Agency.  The job fair will seek to fill over 300 vacancies.  A press conference making the announcement was held at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street on Tuesday, 20th February.  Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Hon. Jomo Campbell, who is also the representative for Centreville, was in attendance and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity.  Director of Labour, Howard Thompson, Jr., said the fair is a continuation  of an initiative, relaunched in 2022.  "On May 7th, 2022, the Department of Labour relaunched its 'Labour on the Blocks' initiative in the Centreville community, the first of many communities to have successfully benefited from these employment opportunities," said Mr. Thompson.  He said that in recent years, the Department of Labour's Public Employment Services Unit has assisted thousands of Bahamians with obtaining gainful employment through its job fairs and 'Labour on the Blocks' initiatives.  This year, he said, the Department aims to expand these efforts into more local communities so that more Bahamians may have access to available job opportunities. All job seekers are advised to pre-register using the QR code available on the job fair flyer posted on the Department of Labour's social media pages which can be found on its Facebook page, @dolbahamas on Instagram and @bahamaslabour on Twitter.  Members of the public are also advised to present themselves in professional attire and to bring the following documents: a Bahamian passport of Bahamian citizenship, an NIB Smart card, current Police Character Certificate, and references.  Job seekers who are in need of professional attire can visit any of the Department of Labour's locations for clothing assistance.  Acting Assistant Director of Labour, Simone Thurston, said that all persons are welcome to apply.  She also said that persons can still present themselves with the required documents even if they are not able to pre-register online.