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Barbados’ Unsung Heroes (from left) Stephen Skeete, Rommel Lawrence and Cheri Nicole Boyce are joined by First Caribbean International Bank Managing Director and Country Head, Daniel Farmer, as they show off their awards after the ceremony.


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‘Unsung Heroes’ receive accolades for selfless community work


By Erica Lazare

THREE pillars of the Barbadian community were honoured on Thursday night during the announcement of the Barbados finalists of the First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) 2010 Unsung Heroes programme.

Cheri Nicole Boyce, Rommel Lawrence and Stephen Skeete accepted their awards and prizes from FCIB Managing Director and Country Head, Daniel Farmer, during a presentation at the Hilton Hotel before an appreciative audience, which featured many past heroes.

Each of the three received US$6 000 and will be eligible to be a regional Unsung Hero contender, where US$5 000 US dollars for the runners up and US$7 500 for the winner, are up for grabs.

Farmer stated that the bank will continue to support the initiative in “a big way” as the company recognises the sacrifices made by these persons to better their communities.

“Most often we see the emergence of persons in authority, leaders of influential organisations and so on as the heroes that we acknowledge and honour. That is what makes this hero ceremony today so different and so special,” he remarked.

“Three more unsung heroes join a growing number of more than 400 across the region – ordinary individuals whose humble, but significant, contributions to society have been acknowledged by the bank. This is their mission in life and they have sought no reward or recognition. I appreciate what my colleagues have done with this and we will continue to see what it is that we can do to assist the social programmes of the heroes in the future”.

This year’s heroes are helping their communities in varying ways, with Lawrence operating a feeding programme for homeless and underprivileged persons; Skeete running a halfway house focusing on getting the homeless back on their feet; and Boyce a volunteer for several organisations such as the Cancer Society, SAVE Foundation and HIV/AIDS Commission.

Guest speaker, Senator Kerry-Ann Ifill, willed the heroes to persevere in their endeavours and indicated that she regarded as heroes, the persons who assisted her in her life as she embarked on the challenging task of gaining an education at the university level without special considerations for her blindness.

The awardees were judged by a six-member panel – which included bank employees and highly esteemed citizens – on their impact, length of time in service and scope of their charity.

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