Scotiabank promotes career advancement among the disabled

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The hands of Alvira Dean, Chaplin and Coordinator for hats and fascinators at the Training Centre for the Disabled diligently designs a fascinator.

With a mandate to remove barriers to the career advancement of disadvantaged groups, Scotiabank recently partnered with the Training Centre for the Disabled and donated $3000 to support the organisation’s curriculum for training its clients. 

In a recent tour of the facilities, Nakera Symonette, Director of Business Support, Scotiabank said the corporate donation is in keeping with the company’s commitment to remove barriers to career advancement for disadvantaged groups.  

“For the past 65 years Scotiabank has supported the people of The Bahamas and we are committed to continuing this journey as a responsible corporate partner, that endorses and supports organizations and initiatives that empower Bahamians through training and education,” she stated.  

She explained that the Bank’s focus has been to nurture and invest in initiatives that provide access to opportunities to develop individuals and enable them to thrive despite their circumstances.  

“At Scotiabank, we are steadfast in our promotion of the full inclusion of disadvantaged groups and enabling their financial success. I am pleased to have been able to witness the works of the persons at the Training Centre and I am excited to see how these skills that are being imparted will help these individuals in the future,” she shared.  

Rivianna Smith, Managing Director for the Training Centre for the Disabled, expressed gratitude to Scotiabank for the support. “A hearty thanks to Scotiabank for partnering with us. Most of our programmes would not have been successful or even productive had it not been for you, so we say thank you,” she said. 

The Training Centre for the Disabled is an organization that provides training for employment for young adults and adults with disabilities. Its curriculum offers several training programs, including floral arranging, computer skills, nail care and décor, online sales, community outreach and a daily Independent Living Skills programme. The courses are geared towards providing training for independent living and promote the artistic, creative abilities of persons within the disabled community. 

The donation forms part of the Bank’s recently announced ScotiaRISE global philanthropic initiative, that will invest some CAD $500 million in projects, organizations, and initiatives worldwide that will encourage economic resilience among individuals, households, and communities over the next 10 years.   

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