Over 1000 retirees across the Neal & Massy Group will
remember June 27 as a memorable day when the Neal & Massy Group honoured
them all at an appreciation event hosted by Neal & Massy’s Employee
Benefits Department at the Centre of Excellence. Former Senior Executives, Sidney Knox, Jesus
Pazos, Gaston Aguilera, Asraph Ali, Michael Arneaud and Ian Arrindell were
among the many who attended. Senior retirees, Rawle Barrow, Fitzroy Regis, Kenny
Jalsa and Boland Mathura also came out to celebrate.
Retirees were treated to a day of fun events, entertainment,
giveaways and informative presentations. Dr. Jennifer Rouse, Director of the
Division of Aging in the Ministry of the People and Social Development
delivered a lively presentation in which she encouraged retirees to enjoy their
lives and give back to the community by mentoring youth. Other external
presenters included Dr. Geoffrey Franksen who discussed health, and Gregory
Seale, Fitness Specialist.
Chairman of the Integrated Retail Business Unit, Earl
Boodasingh, took some time to recognize individuals who attended the event in
2010 and have since passed away. George Phillips, former Neal & Massy
Executive, Vishnu Tewarie, former CEO of General Finance Corporation and head
of Moneygram operations, and Bernard Dulal-Whiteway, former Group CEO, were
among those acknowledged.
In speaking about the late George Phillips, Mr. Boodasingh
elaborated that “Two years ago we articulated a new vision for this Group: A
Force for Good – the most Responsible and Profitable Investment
Holding/Management Company in the Caribbean Basin. George was a man who lived
each day of his life with this vision in mind.
He personally undertook to mentor several top executives and he held
firm to his values.”
”I am also truly saddened that Vishnu in particular was
unable to attend this event as he was quite excited when he heard about
it. The Moneygram booth on the side
which you see here today is a result of his enthusiasm for this event. He was very passionate about honouring
retirees and all the people who made a difference in this Group” he added.
Paula Rajkumarsingh, Neal & Massy’s Group Chief Financial
Officer and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Neal & Massy and T.
Geddes Grant Pension Plans, thanked the stalwarts for their hard work over the
years and acknowledged the contributions of key individuals. “It is with great
pride that I make mention of the fact that Neal & Massy is the only company
in Trinidad and Tobago to honour our retirees in this way. Why do we do it? Because we want you to know that your
contribution is valued and we still need your support today. This is part of
living our vision to be a Force for Good because we must never forget those who
have gone before us and who have opened doors to guide our path.”
The Alzheimer’s Association, the Trinidad and
Tobago Heart Foundation and other lifestyle-related agencies educated the
audience on specific diseases and their roles in awareness. Representatives
from Hi-Lo’s Just Personal Pharmacy and Smart Shopper Programme, Marketing
& Distribution, Moneygram, Neal & Massy Automotive Limited and
Canning’s Employees’ Credit Union were also present to build awareness of their
brands, products and services. Retirees took full advantage of the opportunity
to have their sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure tests done.
Attendees walked away with hampers, gift vouchers and other
exciting prizes. They also enjoyed performances by local R&B group H2O Phlo
and were entertained by the evening’s MC, comedienne and media personality,
Philo. Feedback was positive with several attendees expressing gratitude for
being part of such a memorable event.
The pilot event was held in 2010 and attracted 600 retirees.
of the Integrated Retail
Business Unit,Earl Boodasingh, left
Personality, Philo, right
retiree getting her blood
R&B Group, H2O Phlo