“Expect to see the credit union more visible in the community.”
This was one of the promises made by President of the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union, Glendon Belle, at a dinner held recently at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa.
He also shared with the group of approximately 50 volunteer representatives for the credit union, and other guests, that the union had been supporting their members in times of need and making valuable donations to various community groups.
“A credit union of our size has a responsibility of being visible while balancing this with financial prudence”, Belle stated.
The credit union listed Agrofest, Gospelfest and an annual Christmas concert in Bridgetown as some of the events in which it would likely continue to make investments. Belle indicated that “wholesome, family-friendly community initiatives to heighten the awareness of the credit union difference” are the focus of their corporate social responsibility efforts.
The credit union is also a sponsor of the Forever I Do wedding contest and has launched the first Bridal Registry product for a financial institution in Barbados.
An update by Belle on the credit union’s expanding branch network was received with rousing applause as he indicated that the Black Rock branch – opened in December last year — has already exceeded expectations for new members, loans and deposits. He further added that the organisation would very shortly be announcing the expansion of its Six Roads operation to include a Loan and Mortgage Centre.
The appreciation dinner, which specially recognised the contribution of the volunteers, featured dinner, entertainment by Biggie Irie & Gravity and dancing at the Accra Beach Resort.
Belle underscored the importance of the credit union representatives saying: “In the face of all the technology, social media and new age marketing solutions, the involvement and testimony of the … representative is more critical now than ever.”