Development Bank supports CFBC student for her sporting prowess

Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis Human Resources Officer, Ms Coralee Benjamin (left), presents a sponsorship cheque to CFB College student, Ms Shinell McCalla.

Basseterre St. Kitts (September 12, 2011) — The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis is returning a favour by assisting Ms Shinell McCalla, a first year business student at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in St. Kitts, with funds to buy part of her school supplies.

“Shinell has been very much part of the bank even though not an employee,” said Ms Coralee Benjamin, the Bank’s Human Resource Officer. “As the bank celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, we are reflecting back on individuals who would have made the bank look good, and Shinell McCalla stands out as one who assisted us in the field of sports.”

Priding itself self as a ‘Sporting Bank’, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has two ladies teams, a netball team that participates in the business netball league in St. Kitts and a cricket team that has participated in the Village Female Cricket League. While Ms McCalla was a student at the Washington Archibald High School, she volunteered and was drafted to play on the bank’s teams.

“Basically we are showing appreciation to Shinell for her contribution in assisting the bank in the sporting field,” observed Ms Benjamin. “She is a multi-talented sports person and she assisted the bank in one of the cricket tournaments that was held and organised by the Village Female Cricket League and she made a good showing.”

The bank did not win, but was well placed and Ms Benjamin noted that if it were not for the injection of Ms McCalla’s talent, the bank would have placed in a worse position. Because of her skills and her talent Ms McCalla caught the eyes of the league selectors and they picked her to play on an all stars team.

“She also participated in the event that we had at the Bank’s family fun and sports day,” commented Ms Benjamin. “The bank has given her the donation because apart from being an individual who excels in the field of sports, she also excels in academics and was accepted to attend the CFB College. We were trying to assist her with finances to purchase college supplies.”

In paying thanks to the bank for coming to her assistance, Ms Shinell McCalla said that she would put the funds received from the Development Bank into good use at the CFB College, where she has been enrolled as a business student. Apart from cricket and netball that she plays for the bank teams, she also plays table and lawn tennis, football and volleyball.

“For the bank I play women cricket and sometimes netball in the business league,” said McCalla. “Because the bank takes part in the business netball league, it gives me competitive exposure. I get a lot of experience when playing with the bank. I feel at home playing for the team because they treat me like a Development Bank employee.”

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