Scotiabank Community Program

Scotiabank recognizes Jamaican youth as a winners of the first International Scotiabank Community Program Young Leaders Award

12 winners are recognized as outstanding youth volunteers around the world

Jerome Cowan of Kingston and Jhonea Bremmar of Little London, Westmoreland were named winners of the first international Scotiabank Community Program Young Leaders Award. The award recognizes youth who make outstanding contributions to their communities. As winners, they have each received a tablet computer and CAN$2500 to donate to the charity of their choice.

"Scotiabank holds a strong belief in supporting the needs of each community we serve and know how important it is to engage and recognize our next generation of volunteers and community leaders. In Jamaica and around the world, these committed young people are examples of youth who have the passion and commitment to make an important impact on their community and we encourage others to follow Jhonea and Jerome's lead," said Joylene Griffiths-Irving, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Jerome volunteers with a number of organizations and has donated the funds to Rise Life Management Services, LEAD Youth Club (Leaders Endeavoring for Adolescents Development) and Junior Achievement Jamaica. He believes that volunteering is worth it. "It's is highly motivational to receive this international recognition from Scotiabank," Jerome said. Jhonea is the Executive Director Bremmar's Support a Local Child Charity. The charity helps provide educational supplies for needy kids in rural Jamaica. Johnea logged more than 3000 hours to qualify for the award.

"I am grateful to have had this opportunity. I love the fact that this will inspire others to volunteer," Jhonea said. Winners of the 2012 Scotiabank Community Program Young Leaders Award were required to reside in a participating country, complete at least 100 hours of volunteerism in a minimum of three of the Bank's six philanthropic pillars and submit an essay describing the impact of their volunteerism on charitable organizations, their community and themselves. The pillars are education, health, social services, arts and culture, sports and the environment. Commenting on the program, Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, Scotiabank Chair, Entrepreneurship and Development at the University of Technology of the six member panel of international judges of the competition said: "I saw strong examples of community involvement in all applications and I was very impressed by all these young people who have made an important impact on each of their communities. The Scotiabank Community Program Young Leaders Award is an excellent opportunity that will certainly foster volunteerism and social responsibility." The ten other winners of the award were from Chile, Guyana and Canada.

The Scotiabank Community Program program is the Bank's global philanthropic program which brings together all of the Bank's charitable, social and community efforts and employee volunteer activities under one banner. Through the Scotiabank Community Program, the Bank's charitable efforts are aimed at being relevant and responsive to the needs of each community at a grassroots level and provide support across the fields of health, arts, education, social services, sports and the environment. In the Caribbean, Latin and Central America, the Scotiabank Community Program focuses primarily on children and children's causes.

Corporate Social Responsibility has always been at the heart of how we do business at Scotiabank. We have take pride in creating value for our shareholders, fulfilling our customers' unique financial needs, providing employees with rewarding careers, and supporting the well-being of our communities. Find out more about our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.