The fourth annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in the Cliff at Lyons in Co. Kildare recently where Centra employees from across the country were honoured for the passion and commitment shown in the workplace in 2017.
There was nine representatives from Cork who were shortlisted for the awards across the four categories:
- Ieva Bokuma, Centra Schull Co. Cork – Employee Award category
- Margaret Murray, Centra Crosshaven, Co. Cork – Employee Award category
- Maria Lynch, Centra Victoria Cross, Cork City – Employee Award category
- Sandra Byrne, Centra Castlemartyr, Co. Cork – Employee Award category
- Magdalena Mackowska, Centra Oliver Plunkett, Cork City – Department Manager category
- Michelle McCarthy, Centra Cobh, Co. Cork – Department Manager category
- Mary McGroarty, Centra Rochestown, Co. Cork – Store Manager category
- Paul Walsh, Centra South Douglas Road, Cork City – Store Manager category
- Maretta Atkinson, Centra Bandon, Co. Cork – Outstanding Contribution category
Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country. With 11,000 Centra employees across the country, it is a significant achievement to be nominated as a finalist of the Pride of Centra awards.
Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Des O’Mahony, Interim Marketing Director of Centra, said; “These awards were established to recognise and honour the outstanding representatives who consistently embody the Centra brand values each and every day. The Pride of Centra Awards 2017 showcase the exemplary work undertaken by Centra staff members, who go above and beyond to ensure outstanding customer service. Our staff are at the heart of everything we do, and most importantly they are firmly cemented in each of their local communities where they make positive impact through their work.”
Winners on the day included:
- Pride of Centra Overall Winner and Store Manager category winner – Fiona Reilly from Centra Belturbet, Co. Cavan
- Pride of Centra Employee Award – Tina Purcell from Centra Clarina, Co. Limerick
- Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Graciely Pereira from Centra Capel Street, Dublin
- Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award – Breda Cahill from Centra Ballinteer, Dublin
54 finalists attended on the day and represented 17 counties; Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Waterford, Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Clare, Cavan, Limerick, Mayo, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Kerry, Carlow and Wexford. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, exceptional customer service and engaging activities in-store.