Bonti Liverpool is a Runner Up in the Unsung Hero Regional Competition
The CIBC First Caribbean’s local unsung hero Mr. Bonti Liverpool, has been named as runner up in the bank’s regional Unsung Hero Competition.
Recently Mr. Liverpool was presented with his trophy and cash award for winning the local leg off the competition, at an award ceremony attended by the President of Dominica His Excellency Eluid Williams.
Mr. Williams was so impressed with Mr. Liverpool’s work, that he pledged his support for the programme with a 12 monthly in kind donation.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mrs. Marie Therese Winston Charles, Acting Country Head of CIBC First Caribbean Bank, said that this ceremony can in no way match the spirit and grit with which Mr. Liverpool has approached his service to community and country, selflessly reaching out to complete strangers at times, to enrich their lives and inspire them.
Mr. Liverpool won the local title from a field of forty one other nominees, for his work in rehabilitating drug addicts in a programme called ‘Wisdom To Know’.
Mr. Liverpool says Dominicans needs to seek a more unitized approach to life, as it is not every day such an award is handed down, especially to a reformed crack addict as himself.
He feels elated winning the award and gave thanks to God, Mr. Anthony Commodore, Doctor Lucia John, and Sharon Pascal among others, for being instrumental figures in his reformed life.
Mr. Liverpool received a cash award of US$6000.00 for the local title, and will receive US$5000.00 for his prize as the regional runner up.
He said what Dominicans need to realize in he earning the award, is that the hand of God continues to work in mysterious ways.
In thanking the bank, he said that this award will assist “wisdom to know” in its systematic war against deviance and substance abuse.
Mr. Liverpool, a former drug addict, said that everyone needs to double their effort in the fight to relieve the society with this menace.
The regional competition was won for the second consecutive year, by candidate from the Dutch Territory of Curacao, Ms. Gerda Gosepa, for her work as a volunteer and social worker in depressed areas of Curacao.
The other runner up is Mr. Edward Williams of St. Vincent, a physically handicapped man who has committed his life to the selfless care of others, particularly young children.
The three unsung heroes were selected by a judging panel comprising a number of eminent Caribbean persons including former Carib Chief Charles Williams.
The Unsung Hero programme is a flagship programme of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International bank and is in its ninth year.