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We recently held our Annual Rewards and Recognition Awards evening and this for me is the standout event in our corporate calendar. It gives us a chance to get together and celebrate the efforts of our colleagues and teams over the past year, and to share some remarkable stories of their achievements - and this year was no exception!

Store of the Year went to the team at Locale Sion who have had a fantastic year on so many fronts. Huge congratulations to the team at Locale Sion - this is the award that every store wants to win!

alt Store of the Year: Locale Sion Manager, Joao Lima and his team with Ben Shenton, Society President

Our Community Store of the Year was En Route St Mary for their recognised acts of kindness towards their customers.

alt Community Store of the Year: En Route St Mary Manager, Sergio Marcelino and his team with Ben Shenton, Society President

Caryn Wells, from Co-operative House deservedly picked up our overall Ambassador of the Year Award.

alt Society Ambassador: Caryn Wells with Ben Shenton, Society President

Caryn really wanted to make a real difference to the communities we serve, especially those people living in our community on the autism spectrum. She showed great enthusiasm and worked hard liaising with Autism Jersey, Autism Guernsey and with our store teams to initiate training that ensured our colleagues were aware of the autism spectrum characteristics and the impact that a ‘Quiet Hour’ could have on customers.

‘Quiet Hour’ is now a permanent feature every Monday between 3:00pm and 4:00pm in our Jersey and Guernsey Grand Marché stores. Well done Caryn!

While every single award winner deserves their own special mention, you’d probably be reading this blog all day. Here’s the full list of main award winners from the evening:

Store of the Year: Locale Sion
Best Mystery Shopper Results: Locale Georgetown
Best Christmas Store: Locale Georgetown
Living our Values, Co-operation (Individual Effort): Chris Pugsley
Living our Values, Co-operation (Team Effort): Locale Don Street
Living our Values, Passion (Individual Effort): Ivone Milton
Living our Values, Passion (Team Effort): Travelmaker Jersey & Guernsey
Living our Values, Empowerment (Individual Effort): Maurice Nobrega
Living our Values, Recognition (Individual Effort): Rubina Sousa
Living our Values, Openness (Individual Effort): Ilidio Fernandes
Living our Values, Demonstrating Commitment (Team Effort): Human Resources and Payroll
Customer Service (Individual Effort): Paulo Gouveia
Customer Service (Team Effort): Grand Marché St Peter, Pharmacy, Travelmaker and Medical Care
Customer Service Ambassador: Chris Pugsley
Supporting the Community – Acts of Kindness (Individual Effort): Chloe Lowery
Supporting the Community – Acts of Kindness (Winning Team): En Route St Mary
Ambassador of the Year: Caryn Wells

Additionally, 21 colleagues celebrated ten years of loyal, continuous service working as part of the Society and 24 colleagues were recognised for achieving significant training qualifications.

I’d like to congratulate everyone on their well-earned awards, and all of the Society for what we achieved last year. Here’s to an even better 2018!

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