A Calliste, St George’s resident is Digicel’s first Special Award recipient as the telecommunications company seeks to highlight self-motivated voluntarism throughout communities’ island wide.
Cecilia Rennie was presented with a special plaque during the company’s red carpet style launch of its brand name change from “The Bigger Better Network” to “Be Extraordinary”, at a ceremony held last week Friday at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex.
Digicel’s Human Resource Administrator, Peterlyn Cooper, made the presentation to Rennie for her outstanding work over the past four years, ensuring the safe crossing of the children irrespective of the weather.
“This kind and selfless gesture exhibited by this awardee in our eyes makes her an extraordinary person. Tonight we want to recognise her. This person is none other than Ms Cecelia Rennie”, Cooper announced.
Rennie volunteers her services every day as a traffic warden, ensuring the safe crossing of students traveling to and from school in the Calliste and Grand Anse area, particularly students from the Calliste Government School.
Digicel has now evolved from being known as “the Bigger Better Network” to “Be Extraordinary” and prides itself with being known as the mobile telecommunications company with the lowest call rate throughout Grenada.
In 2010, Digicel was officially introduced to Rennie as a result of her voluntary service to community and by extension, country.
A press release published by Digicel in 2010 reported, “This was an opportunity to meet Cecelia Rennie and Carl De Rouche who volunteer their services day in and day out to function as traffic wardens for the benefit of their community”.
In commenting on the spirit of volunteerism by the recipient, Digicel’s Country Manager Patricia Maher said, “you really appreciate what people are doing in service to their community when you experience it yourself”.
“It is a busy main road to the airport and people appreciate knowing their children have a safe crossing to school”, she added.
As a gesture in support of their hard work, Digicel staff donated safety gear and made a small monetary contribution to the traffic wardens.
“Together with Corporal Bascombe from the Traffic Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force, Digicel staff was briefed on the techniques of operating a crossing in advance of the activity,” the release said.
Digicel’s Operation Manager, Rachael Brathwaite, re-committed the company’s support to a number of local initiatives such as its partnership with Caribbean Premiere League T20 cricket League, West Indies Cricket carded for July and August.
Marketing Manager Kirk Seetahal announced a number of carnival initiatives that Digicel is involved with this year as sponsors.
These includes the Ole Lion’s Mas Band, Summer Crew and Associates, Helen Marie and Associates, D’Real Jab Jab, Digicel Red and Ready Jouvert Band, White in the Moonlight in August featuring Machel Montano, FLOW and Westerhall Monday Night Mas Band, Megaforce 10 to 10 Fete, Ms Spicy Caribbean Tourism Pageant, and Digicel Florida All Stars steelband.
Digicel also announced that soca sensation and 2012 Groovy Soca-Monarch defending champion, “Shortpree” Finbar Andrews as the company’s Ambassador for Spice Mas 2K13.
The ceremony also saw Summer Crew giving a display of their pretty mas outfits for the August carnival.