Veteran banker retires after 34 years of sterling service

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PM Browne presenting a bouquet to Ms. Jacobs

Glendina Jacobs, who has been an employee of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank for over 34 years, is being hailed for her outstanding service to the institution.

Jacobs is retiring on 4th November, 2020.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne joined the management and staff of the bank in recognising Jacobs for her three decades of excellent service. He lauded Jacobs for her contributions to banking, education and community development. He said although the invitation he was extended only requested his virtual participation, he opted to attend in person.

“Glendina was a school mate whom I have known for over forty years. She was always a natural leader and someone who motivated me with her high intellect and intelligence. She had the capacity to do anything she wanted, but chose banking,” PM Browne said.

Also speaking during the ceremony was the bank’s country head, Ladesa James-Williams, who observed the significance of occasion as it was the first time that a company retirement function had been attended by a sitting prime minister. 

She commented that Jacobs is an exemplary and excellent employee who has always been approachable and humble.

Jacobs joined the bank in 1986 and has worked in numerous roles, particularly in lending and in a supervisory and leadership capacity.  She will take her leave having last held the post of Client Credit Management Analyst. 

In 2014 she was adjudged the bank’s regional Amazing Employee of the Year from a field of eleven nominees. During Antigua and Barbuda’s 38th Anniversary of Independence, she was honoured with the National Award of The Most Illustrious Order of Merit (MM), for distinguished contribution in the fields of education and community service. 

For the past 20 years, she has hosted free lessons and provided snacks to students of her community of Buckley’s Village and beyond.

Also in 2019, she received the Inet Hero of the Year Award for her work in education and community development.

Jacobs thanked Prime Minister Browne for attending and for his kind words. She commented that FirstCaribbean bank is a great place to work and added that that persons should always make the best of life in any sphere. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed my almost 34 years here. I have gained knowledge and experience and made lasting friends. I have never taken a sick day outside of maternity leave.”