Tuesday 8th March 2022 is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day. This year, the TDC Group of Companies has chosen to highlight six (6) of its long serving female employees, who have each carved their place as outstanding leaders.
Mrs. Veron Walters-Chapman, Supervisor, TDC Inventory Department (Nevis), Ms. Maritza Bowry, Group Finance Director, Ms. Belinda Claxton, Assistant Manager, TDC Home and Building Depot (Nevis), Mrs. Rubercilla Jeffers, Underwriting Supervisor, TDC Insurance Company Limited (St. Kitts), Ms. Linda Huggins, Credit and Contracts Administration Manager, and Mrs. Charlene Stapleton, Group Chief Internal Auditor, were singled out for their contribution to the advancement of the Group and more so for their leadership attributes.
In their own words, each employee spoke of their journey, beliefs, and how they have helped to shape the development of the company, by making a positive difference, as women performing in roles traditionally held by men.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I joined TDC in 1990 as a cashier. I have climbed the corporate ladder and today, I am the Supervisor of the Inventory Department. I would encourage other young women to be strong, love your job and do your work to the best of your ability. You too can become exceptional leaders!”
Mrs Veron Walters, Supervisor, TDC Inventory Department (Nevis)
“This year the theme for International Women’s Day, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” is relevant, as we navigate our unique paths to achieve our goals, whilst striving for excellence. I encourage all women to remain focused, committed and dedicated in pursuit of their dreams. Having served the company for over 25 years, it is indeed a privilege and honour to be the first female to hold the position of Finance Director of the TDC Group of Companies.”
Ms Maritza Bowry, Group Finance Director
“I have been with TDC for over 32 years. Starting as an Accounts Clerk, I have worked in several departments including Accounts, Business Equipment and Airlines. Today, I am the Assistant Manager of the Home and Building Depot, Nevis. I am proud to have contributed to breaking the glass ceiling that has long been held over women. I encourage all women to set standards. Accept the things you cannot change, change the things you can and seek wisdom to know the difference. There is no limit to what we can accomplish as women.”
Ms Belinda Claxton, Assistant Manager, TDC Home and Building Depot (Nevis) Limited
“A woman is the full circle, within her, is the power to create, nurture and transform” – Diane Mariechid
“Kudos to ALL women on this International Women’s Day. I wish to celebrate with us on the contributions we have made to society over the years and how we have triumphed through the difficulties which have brought us thus far. Despite gender inequalities we as women continue to beat all odds. Over 24 years ago I joined TDC as an Administrative Secretary. I am now the Underwriting Supervisor at TDC Insurance.”
“Let us all continue to excel in our given spheres of influence, trusting God knowing that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us”
Mrs Rubercilla Jeffers, Underwriting Supervisor, TDC Insurance Company Limited
“Leadership comes naturally to us women as we are born with all the characteristics in our DNA. Leadership and womanhood require nurturing, guidance, patience, a sense of teamwork, the willingness to teach, the acceptance of failure and the humbleness of success. I joined TDC over 40 years ago as an Accounts Clerk, and today I sit as the Manager of the Credit Department. I encourage all women in the workforce to stand your grounds and apply yourself to achieving whatever you desire. Always remember to have your notepad, with your notes to refer to!”
Ms Linda Huggins, Credit and Contracts Administration Manager
“I am honoured to be recognized as a professional woman in leadership who seeks to uphold the theme of this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day. I have been with the Company for 35 years, starting as an Assistant Accountant. I am now the Group Chief Internal Auditor. My favourite quote to share on International Women’s Day is- “A Woman who walks with God will always fulfill her destiny”. Happy International Women’s Day to all the women in TDC. Whatever role you play, serve conscientiously and with integrity.”
Mrs Charlene Stapleton, Group Internal Auditor
Women are powerful agents of change and drivers of progress for everyone. TDC salutes you for your leadership and wish you continued success.
Picture: Ms. Maritza Bowry, TDC Group Finance Director
While the month of February is traditionally known as the month of love, the TDC Home and Building Depots are using the month to encourage customers to get active.
Whether it be a simple walk, running, or eating well, the Get Active campaign is more than a sales promotion, offering savings on a wide variety of products, geared towards making the best choices for healthy living.
This year, the companies have partnered with the Health Promotion Units (HPU) in the Ministries of Health and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) to organize a series of activities to help curb the increase in the number of non-communicable diseases and their impact, through screening, testing, and education, across the TDC Group and the wider Community.
The Get Active initiative started in 2021 to encourage customers and the public at large, to adopt and make healthier lifestyle choices that would lead to happier and more productive lives.
The TDC Group of Companies held its forty-eight (48) Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th November 2021, to report on the company’s performance for the period February 1st, 2020, to January 31st, 2021.
Presiding over the meeting, Mr. Earle Kelly, Chairman/CEO welcomed shareholders both virtually and in person to hear firsthand of the activities undertaken by the Group, against the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic, which is still being experienced globally.
The Board of Directors reported, “the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020 placed severe constraints on economic activities in the Federation. The TDC Group rapidly responded to the crisis by establishing a cross-functional COVID-19 Taskforce and have been exemplary in swiftly implementing strict health and safety protocols, by pivoting to embrace remote working by staff and adopting new technologies to enhance both the customer and the employee experiences.”
Addressing business performance, the Executives also noted, “changing consumer behaviours, adverse market conditions, and income losses among our customers put pressure sales in certain product lines and service areas, especially the tourism and hospitality operations. The trading and financial services companies feared better and returned commendable results.”
The Group generated Profit Before Income Tax from Continuing Operations of $11,225,417 and Profit After Income Tax of $8,007,277 compared to Loss of $2,218,547 and $4,450,896, respectively in the prior year. As a result of the year’s financial performance, the company paid shareholders a dividend of six and a half (6.5) cents per share, amounting to $3,380,000.
In speaking about the future, the company’s real estate and construction project will continue at Dewars on St. Kitts and the land exchange of 40,215 sq. ft. with a building at Budgeon Estate, Nevis, for two (2) acres at Farms Estate, earmarked for middle income housing.
“Our signature initiative has been the recent launch of our online shopping website: shoptdcgroup.com. This is expected to be a gamechanger for the TDC Group. While we pursue technology-enabled initiatives to engage our stakeholders, personal interactions and relationships remain as valuable as the utility of the tools that we make available.”
The Group’s good corporate governance agenda is focused on the delivery of a strategic plan. This companywide project includes a transformation process, which began in early 2020, to ramp up Human Resource development and engagement, IT initiatives using emerging technological trends, and Data Analytics.
At the close of the meeting, the Executive recorded its profound appreciation to its dedicated and committed staff who contributed significantly to ensuring that the Group has survived the vagaries of the pandemic.
“We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the entire team of the TDC Group of Companies. Our ability to operate safely and seamlessly throughout the pandemic-induced disruptions, restrictions and lockdowns is a test of our resolve and strength as a Group. It also testifies to our collective efforts, proactive leadership and genuine care for our employees and customers, to whom we are most grateful and appreciative. We must, and we will continue to work together for the benefit of all our shareholders and other stakeholders in keeping with our motto: Together We Succeed.”
The Corporate event was held at the Caribbean Credit Corporation Union Headquarters at Fortlands in Basseterre.
Picture 1: TDC Group of Companies Board of Directors pose for a photo following the 48th Annual General Meeting