Five members of the General Employees Cooperative Credit Union (GECCU) have been given some help with their university studies. They are Reah Edwards, Odion Hillocks, Andia Hadley- Thomas, Ayana Evans-Lyttle, and K-Tricia Isaacs.
Edwards, from the North Leeward town of Chateaubelair, works at the Medical Cannabis Authority. She is pursuing a BSc degree in Banking and Finance. She promised along with the other recipients to “work hard,” and be “excellent ambassadors.”
Hillocks, a teacher at the Emmanuel High Mesopotamia, has been almost guaranteed employment with the GECCU on completion of his MSc degree in Data Science. The offer came from newly installed Chief Executive Officer Rohan Stowe.
Hadley Thomas is doing a BSc in Special Needs Education. She is a teacher at the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, and noted the need for Special Needs Teachers, even at the “regular schools”, and is looking forward to making a greater impact.
Evans- Lyttle, from the area of Paul Over on the outskirts of capital city Kingstown, is a Teacher at the Lodge Village Government School. She is doing a BSc in Early Childhood Education has intentions of opening her own Early Childhood
Isaacs was into an online study programme while the ceremony was going on. She was represented by her father Kingsley Collis, leader of the High Voltage Mas band.
Wednesday’s session was the first official one for Stowe. He looked at it as evidence of GECCU’s commitment to education, and to the broader goal of “socio-economic development.”
He commended the recipients for the sacrifice they have shown, and he commended GECCU and indeed the cooperative sector, for their role in contributing to national development.
GECCU’s president Harold Lewis used the occasion to highlight the institution’s commitment to education. He also lauded the recipients on the dedication to their studies, and described GECCU’s assistance as helping them to “achieve the greatest returns.”
The recipients are students of the Open Campus of The University of the West Indies. Head of that facility Deborah Dalrymple noted the strong relationship between GECCU and the Open Campus over the years, and wished that the bond continues.
Deputy Chief Education Officer Dixton Findlay welcomed improved quality of teachers as fitting with government’s thrust to educational advances.
Ronnie Daniel, Chairperson of GECCU Scholarship Committee, was impressed with the Grade Point Average of the awardees.
This is the sixth year that GECCU has been awarding members support for them to enhance their academic training.