Reverend Dr. Von Watson of St.Mary's Church giving the Opening prayers at right is master of Ceremony Ms. Gaynelle Marshall
Launch of the Courts " Dare to Dream " Scolarship fund with a check for $30,000.00 being presented by Managing Director Mrs. Trisha Tannis to the Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences ( U.W.I ) Dr. Justin Robinson.
A former Board Member of Courts, Mr Alex Tasker, now Senior Vice President Business Development at the Insurance Corporation of Barbados ( ICBL ) ( second from right ) with staffers of Courts ( Unicomer Ltd. )
Managing Director Mrs. Trisha Tannis ( at left ) with Ms. Ramona Boyce and her prize cheque of $50,000.00. She was the Grand Prize Winner in the Barbados Courts Christmas Wishing Well Promotion.
The Managing Direstor made these remarks " I cannot express these sentiments of thanks to employees without acknowledging Mr. Oscar Moore, who has faithfully served with Courts as an employee for its 50 years of existence. We must applaud Oscar for this stellar and unparalleled contribution." ..........................................................................Mr. Moore having been in the employ of Courts from its inception, in discussion with Managing Director Mrs. Trisha Tan
Mr Alex Tasker, Senior Vice President Business Development at the Insurance Corporation of Barbados ( ICBL ) at left in discussion with Mr. Peter Ellis, Director of Commercial Sales, Unicomer Barbados Ltd.
From left to right -
M.C Ms. Gaynelle Marshall.
Donation from the Courts Big Hearts Appliance Fund to The Care Board represented by the Director Ms. Joan Crawford valued at $37,000.00 products and assistance from Managing Director Trisha Tannis ( at right ).
Ms. Ramona Boyce as her prize of $50,000.00 was announced. She was the Grand Prize Winner in the Barbados Courts Christmas Wishing Well Promotion.
The Honourable Donville Inniss Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development giving the Feature Address.
The Honourable Steve Blackett, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development giving his brief congratulatory remarks.
President Dr. Dorothy Cooke-
Presentation made to the St.Michael Geriatric Hospital for $8,000.00 in Products and assistance presented to their representative by Managing Director Mrs. Trisha Tannis ( extreme right )
Ms. Ramona Boyce and her prize cheque of $50,000.00
Winner Ms. Ramona Boyce and her prize cheque of $50,000.00 with The Honourable Donville Inniss Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development at right and Managing Director Mrs. Trisha Tannis on the left
Donation of $7,500.00 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation represented by CEO Mrs Gina Pitts ( at left ) receiving the check from Managing Director Mrs. Trisha Tannis.
MANAGING DIRECTOR’S SPEECH
50TH ANNIVERSARY LAUNCH
This ceremony launches the celebration of our Golden Jubilee, our 50th year of trading in Barbados. I count it a considerable honour, one I take with great humility, to address you on the occasion of such a significant milestone in the history of this great company which we cherish so dearly, called Courts. Courts is a member of the Unicomer group for the past eight years, yet the roots of our company goes way back even before the founding of Barbados as an independent nation.
We believe that fifty years of operations is a major milestone for any institution,
and as Barbados is in its forty-
As it is the Courts signature way of doing things, our celebrations will of course include a year of exciting and innovative festivities and promotional activities. However for us, this occasion also causes us to pause with some solemnity to reflect on this fifty year journey and to look ahead at the destiny we are yet to achieve.
With a mission to bring value to Barbadian homes across this beautiful island, Courts officially opened its doors on November 20th 1965. Presiding over our opening at the time was the then Premier of Barbados, National Hero and now Father of Independence, the late Honourable Sir Errol Walton Barrow. He was accompanied by Mr. Bruce/Andrew Cohen, our first Board Chairman, through the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon under the staircase on the groundfloor in this very building. At the time of opening, this physical structure here today was not only a showroom, but also the warehouse for all the merchandise sold, as well as the offices for scores of employees. For the Cohen family, I’m sure you will appreciate that those humble beginnings may not have been easy. However, as a result of their tenacity, vision and resilience, the company became established, and remains the leader in its field, even after ownership was changed in 2007. We salute the Cohen family, whose vision for furniture retail brought Courts to Barbados in 1965, with a strong emphasis on providing affordability through flexible credit.