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04/07/11 08:10 AM
04/07/11 08:10 AM
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The First Caribbean International Bank is launching its ninth edition of the Unsung Heroes Programme. Local Coordinator Rosanna Villanueva says this year’s programme will incorporate a different approach.

Rosanna Villanueva – Local Coordinator, Unsung Heroes Programme

“The launch will last one week and it is taking place in all our branches simultaneously. We have all our branches decorated, we have banners up, we have nomination forms out and available to the public. We have booths set up in front of our Belcan and Albert Street branches and we have persons out there handing them out. This year we will also be partnering with schools in the districts with secondary and tertiary institutions, we are making an offer to them whereby their faculty and staff can submit nominations and if one of their nominations is chosen as a finalist, we will award the school $1,000.00 as a prize and it is also to encourage the idea of celebrating good will and encouraging persons to look around in their communities for unsung heroes. The idea behind the program is to encourage people to look around their communities, there are a lot of people doing really extraordinary work in their communities but due to lack of exposure we just don’t know about them. The program aims to really highlight their causes and to bring attention to the work that these people are doing. An unsung hero can be just about anyone we have a few criteria that we do follow. We ask that they be a Caribbean person, that they have either no or low media profile that means that they are relatively unknown; they might quite well known in their communities but outside of the communities people aren’t aware of them. We ask that they be willing to participate in our publicity which surrounds the programme. That is basically it. Nominating someone is easy, the nomination forms are available at all our branches and also on or website which is'

Nominations forms can be sent in to any of the branches countrywide. Deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2011.


04/07/11 08:11 AM
04/07/11 08:11 AM
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First Caribbean International Bank looks for Unsung Heroes

Since the start of the week, the news has been dominated by the spiraling crime and proposed legislative changes to tackle the epidemic. But while the streets are infested with thieves and murderers, First Caribbean International Bank wants to show that there is still hope for this country in the people who have chosen to do good for their communities. The bank is launching its annual Unsung Heroes Program, which puts the spotlight on average persons who help others without expecting compensation or recognition. The Local Coordinator of the program, Rosanna Villanueva says that this year they have taken a different approach in the call for nominations.

Rosanna Villanueva, Local Coordinator, Unsung Heroes

“We’re making the launch a weeklong activity, we have all our branches decorated, we have booths set up outside our Belcan branch and the Albert Street Branch. We have persons handing out nomination forms; we’ll have nomination forms going out in the newspapers to try to get them circulated more widely across the country and to solicit more nominations.”

Delahnie Bain

“And you’re also calling on some schools to submit nominations.”

Rosanna Villanueva

Rosanna Villanueva

“Yes, we are going to be partnering with some of the secondary and tertiary institutions across Belize in an effort to encourage the students and faculty to look around in their communities and try and identify persons who they can nominate as unsung heroes. What we’re going to be offering them is if one of their nominees is selected as a finalist, the school will receive a cash prize of one thousand Belize dollars. And it’s just simply to encourage that notion of looking around your community, celebrating volunteerism and celebrating goodwill.

Nominees should be persons who are dedicated beyond the ordinary to social improvement, we ask that they be a Caribbean person and have a low or no media profile at all. The cause that they are promoting should be able to benefit from the exposure and of course we ask that they participate in FirstCaribbean’s publicity regarding the program. Deadline for submission of nominations is thirtieth June. The nomination forms are available at all our branches; you can also access them online on our website, which is The nominations can either be sent in to one of our branches, they can be mailed to me at 21 Albert Street, we welcome all nominations and they all get an equal chance to be considered.”

Local finalists go on to participate in the regional competition, which will includes nominees from the seventeen countries in which FirstCaribbean Bank operates.

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