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Infinity IMC rewards outstanding CARIMAC graduate

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:10 AM
Outstanding CARIMAC master’s graduate Kaneal Gayle with a symbolic cheque  he received from Shanoy Coombs, CEO of Infinity IMC ( right), as CARIMAC director Livingston White looks on.
Outstanding CARIMAC master’s graduate Kaneal Gayle with a symbolic cheque he received from Shanoy Coombs, CEO of Infinity IMC ( right), as CARIMAC director Livingston White looks on.

Communications company Infinity Integrated Marketing Communications Limited (Infinity IMC) rewarded Kaneal Gayle as one of the most outstanding students in the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) Master of Arts (MA) programme at the recent University of the West Indies faculty awards held on November 11.

Shanoy Coombs, chief executive officer of Infinity IMC, who is also a CARIMAC alumna, told Livingston White, director of CARIMAC, at a cheque handover activity that her organisation was proud to be investing in young minds.

“As a CARIMAC alumna, I have benefited from a solid education, what was then called the Social Marketing Programme,” Coombs said. “I felt it was important to give back and remind that development communications remains a valuable industry and one where they can drive meaningful change and address several social issues.”

In addition to the award for most outstanding student in one of the 2021 MA programmes, Infinity IMC plans to fund a bursary for CARIMAC students who wish to advance into the social and behaviour change communications. A final-year undergraduate student will benefit from funds towards their tuition. This will be administered through the University of the West Indies’ Office for Student Financing beginning in the 2022 academic year.

Infinity IMC also plans on offering career mentorship for students from all national/regional universities who have studied a communications-focused programme but are unaware of how to venture into the Development Communications field.

“The opportunities are there,” Coombs said. “There are several local, regional and international organisations doing work in the region and beyond that are seeking candidates who are committed to going the extra mile and using communications in social awareness and even collaborating on corporate social responsibility initiatives.”