Pictured is Kevin Herlihy and Zlata Vacova, Centra Grand Parade, Cork.
Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
The fifth annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in the Cliff at Lyons in Kildare recently, where a selection of outstanding Centra employees were honoured for their passion and commitment shown in the workplace this year. There were 52 employees from across the country shortlisted across three categories with Nataliya Babyuk, store manager of Centra Curragh Camp, Kildare, named as the overall Pride of Centra Award Winner 2018.
Presented by Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards celebrates the dedication and enthusiasm demonstrated by employees. Each of the shortlisted finalists have gone above and beyond their role to emulate the Centra brand values and ensure their store is at the heart of their community. The overall winner was selected from three category winners; Employee Award, Department Manager Award and Store Manager Award.
Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Luke Hanlon, Human Resources Director of Centra, said: “These awards were established to recognise and celebrate the incredible individuals, who consistently live by the Centra brand values, each and every day. Centra stores operate in the heart of communities across the country and these awards not only provide the opportunity to showcase the amazing work that Centra staff do every day within the store, but also highlight the remarkable and selfless work they do within their local communities. Customers tell us time and time again that the number one driver of shoppers to Centra is our staff and we are proud and grateful for their dedication, commitment and passion for our brand.”
Winners on the day included:
- Pride of Centra Overall Winner and Store Manager category winner: Nataliya Babyluk from Centra Curragh Camp, Kildare.
- Pride of Centra Department Manager Award: Noreen Hourigan, Centra Foynes, Limerick.
- Pride of Centra Employee Award: Suzanne Malone, Centra Raheen, Limerick.
Commenting on the achievements of Nataliya Babyuk, Judge Paul Ellison said: “Since joining Centra Curragh Camp in 2005, Nataliya has helped turn the shop into a local landmark, famous for its fresh food and high-quality service. She is an inspirational leader that has built a fantastic team of staff and created a positive culture through continuously motivating, involving and encouraging all employees of the store. Nataliya is loved by all the customers with her wonderful positive attitude, friendliness and enthusiasm and she is hugely involved in the community dedicating her time to many different initiatives and charity events every year. She truly embodies the Pride of Centra Award.”
Kevin Herlihy, Co-Owner of a number of Centra stores in the Cork region, had two employees make it to the final of the competition and said: “They didn’t win but to get to the final of the competition is a great achievement. Centra Stores around the country employ over 11,000 people, so to get two of my team into this is no mean feat!”
The 52 finalists represented 19 counties; Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford, Donegal, Galway, Clare, Cavan, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Laois, Tipperary, Kildare, Kilkenny, Kerry, Carlow and Offaly. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, charity organisations, customer service and engaging activities in-store.
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