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 their passion and commitment they have shown in the workplace in 2017. Fiona Reilly, store manager of Centra Belturbet, Co. Cavan took home top honours and was named the Overall Pride of Centra Award Winner 2017.
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
Commenting on the achievement of Fiona Reilly, Judge Eddie O’Connell said; “Fiona is a truly inspirational leader, driven to succeed and strives to motivate her staff, her customers and the local community. Fiona stepped up as store manager in a store facing many challenges. She always aims for the highest store standards with a strong involvement in the local community. Fiona’s focus included developing and upskilling staff, local community support, developing customer loyalty programmes, hosting regular instore events and encouraging staff involvement in local events. Fiona also developed the ‘Love Belturbet – Community Spirit Lives’ campaign which demonstrated her commitment and passion not just to the Centra brand, but the community in which it operates. She is a truly deserving winner.”
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.