Development Bank celebrates 30 years of Nation Building

Ms Marva Burroughs, Marketing Manager, Development Bank of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Basseterre St. Kitts (May 25, 2011) — The Development Bank of Saint Kitts and Nevis is observing its 30th anniversary. Celebrating under the theme ’30 years of Success: Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis promoting total empowerment through economic, social and national development’, activities kick off on Sunday May 29 with a church service.

Chairperson of the Anniversary Celebrations Committee, Ms Marva Burroughs, who is also the bank’s Marketing Manager, said the institution, which is wholly owned by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, was established by an Act of Parliament No. 1 of 1981, and is fully autonomous and operates independently with a Board of Directors, General Manager, and a team of dedicated staff members.

“The church service, which will be attended by all members of the bank’s Board of Directors, management and staff, will be held at the Church of God in Butlers in our sister island of Nevis,” said Burroughs. “The next item on our anniversary celebration calendar will be health walks one in St. Kitts for the head office staff and one in Nevis for the branch office staff.”

The health walks will be held on Saturday June 4. In St. Kitts the staff will walk from Frigate Bay on the Peninsular Road to Major’s Bay next to the Sea Bridge car ferry pier. Staff in Nevis would start the walk from the branch office at Stoney Grove to Cades Bay, where they will take the Sea Bridge ferry to St. Kitts to meet with the walkers from St. Kitts at Major’s Bay.

Head office of the Development Bank of Saint Kitts and Nevis on Church and Central Streets in Basseterre

A Customer Appreciation and Bazaar/Market Day will be observed simultaneously on St. Kitts and on Nevis on Friday June 10. According to Burroughs, the section of Central Street outside the bank’s head office in Basseterre will be sealed off to motorised traffic to allow for the setting up of tents that will house the bank’s clients displaying their products.

“It will take a fair/market setting,” said Ms Burroughs. “There will be sale of items, customer give-aways, games booths to win fun prizes and music. In Nevis the tents will be on the parking lot outside the Ward Building at Stoney Grove. This will be the day that we show not only appreciation to our client, but we will give them the opportunity to display and sell their products to the general public.”

The bank staff will conduct community outreach programmes on both the islands on Saturday June 11. In St. Kitts they will paint the Old Road Health Centre, and erect a fence at the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle, while in Nevis they will paint the Butlers Health Centre. The staff will also undertake to plant trees in the school gardens of all public primary schools in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Whit Monday, June 13, will be marked as the staff family fun day, where all staff and members of their families from St. Kitts and Nevis will congregate in St. Kitts at the green pasture in Frigate Bay. Curtains come down on the bank’s 30th anniversary activities on Saturday June 25 with an awards banquet that will be held in St. Kitts.

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