CHAIRMAN of the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU) Credit Union, Donna Todd, on Wednesday urged the 16 awardees of the union’s annual bursary to “be the best you can be”; and to seek God first in everything, as they have reached a new juncture in pursuit of higher education with their going into secondary schools.She also charged the youths to elevate themselves; to become better; to be successful in life; and to pursue careers of their choice, since they owe society and must make valuable contributions through the world of work.
Todd added that in a few years’ time, after they would have completed their secondary education, they should become members of the CCWU Credit Union as their parents are, and open their Early Savers Account earliest.
She congratulated the group for its outstanding performance at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) sitting, through which its members gained entry into top secondary schools countrywide.
During a ceremony at Clerico House on Quamina Street in Georgetown, Todd was loud in praise for the children’s parents, who were awarded for supporting their children and setting that foundation for them to build on.
Also making remarks was Ann Anderson, Secretary to the CCWU Credit Union, who said the occasion was an annual event and was applicable to the children of members. She said that, this year, 16 applications were received, and the union awarded incentives to all 16.
She advised that the money not be used for the purchase of cellphones, since cellphones are a distraction to studies and school, but the incentive should be used wisely: to buy school supplies or even open an Early Savers Account with the CCWU Credit Union.
Committee Members Kim Halley, Sherwood Clarke, and Supervisor Pamela Doris all made remarks. Each encouraged the group to be resourceful and to continue excelling in their studies.
The students were treated to snacks and beverages at the culmination of yesterday’s ceremony, and the recipients responded by expressing gratitude for the bursaries.
By Michel Outridge