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Scotia to partner with CDA on Labour Day

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Joylene Griffiths Irving

ScotiaVolunteers will partner with the Child Development Agency to assist with the restoration of 15 children's homes across the island this Labour Day.

The teams, from branches across the island, will come together to work with the institutions to clean up, beautify and painting buildings, as well as assist with the planting of vegetable gardens. The activity, organised through the ScotiaFoundation, is one of over 19 activities to be executed throughout the month of May as part of the celebration of Child Month.

"For Labour Day, the Child Development Agency created its plan, and we were happy to come on board to work with them for the betterment of the homes", said Joylene Griffiths Irving, executive director of ScotiaFoundation and director of corporate social responsibility.


The facilities that will benefit are the Granville Place of Safety in Trelawny; Clifton Boys' Home in Westmoreland; Garland Hall Memorial Child Care Facility, St James; Hope House Child Care Facility in Portland; West Haven Child Care Facility in Hanover; Mount Olivet Boys' Home in Manchester; St Augustine Place of Safety, Clarendon; Pringle Children's Home in Carron Hall, St Mary; Glenhope Nursery in Kingston; and the Homestead Place of Safety, Stony Hill, St Andrew.

The ScotiaVolunteers comprise Scotiabank staff members from branches, subsidiaries and departments across the Scotiabank Group who work on national or community activities in groups or as individuals.

Volunteers have been involved in a number of projects as part of the activities surrounding Child Month, including over 200 participating in Reading and Teachers' days; providing assistance with the serving of breakfast to over 2000 students in nine schools involved in the bank's Nutrition for Learning programme; and organising a visit for 35 children from Bamboo Primary School who got the opportunity to visit a book store for the first time.