BOB Shares the Cheer: ‘Paying Respect to Seniors Never Gets Old’

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Bahamian Bank looking out for senior during the holidays

BANK OPENS DOOR WITH A SONG -- Senior citizens and others who formed long lines outside BOB Harrold Road November 20 got a surprise when the doors opened at 9:30 am. Bank staff had organized a song and dance performance to welcome them and let seniors, especially, know how much they are appreciated for making BOB their bank of choice. (Photos by Roland Rose for DP&A.)
Saying thanks never gets old -- BOB Village Road Manager Alaaysis Braynen and Assistant Manger Deborah Mitchell present Mary Elizabeth Mackey with a Christmas gift during a day when all BOB branches throughout the country honoured seniors. (Photos by Roland Rose for DP&A.)

Nassau, Bahamas — In a year of lingering economic challenges, one bank opened the doors this week with staff singing a bright and sunny tune, livening up the lobby with a holiday welcome and song of appreciation to seniors.

It was the staff at Harrold Road who went the farthest in the bank network-wide tribute to seniors — an idea prompted by the desire to let seniors know they are special.

“We wanted to do this on the day that the most seniors come into the bank in person,” said Deputy Managing Director Renee Davis. “This gives us an opportunity to let our precious pearls know they are appreciated. Staff members in each branch decided how they wanted to show their appreciation.” At Village Road, it was gift bags; at Harrold Road it was song and hugs and totes and more. And so it went throughout 12 branches in The Bahamas.

By next year this time, there will a 13th in the country. The flagship branch on Carmichael Road is due to open by the end of the first week in December.

Harrold Road Manager Byron Miller said the tribute signalled the start of the holiday season for many. “Paying tribute to seniors,” he said, “never gets old.”

And here's to you, Mr. Sweeting: BOB Harrold Road Branch Assistant Manager Chantel Bain, right, brings a smile to father and daughter, James Sweeting and Shellie Sweeting Murphy, during seniors day at BOB. If Sweeting looks familiar, it could because he opened the door at the Nassau Beach Hotel for 43 years until his retirement. Now, he's a bank favourite and everyone calls him by his nickname, Uncle.