**Christine Leo** graduated this year from the College of the Bahamas with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Accounting Major. She was consistently on the Dean’s Honour Roll, and in 2003 and 2004 on the President’s List.

Graduating as Valedictorian at Government High School, Christine received the Ministry of Education BGCSE Award for Best Overall Results in Public Schools as well as the BGCSE Award for the Highest Grade Awarded in English Literature. She was the recipient of several Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Awards, including the Honours Award and Scholarship in 2001.

During her last two years of academic studies, Christine worked with Machinery & Energy Limited as an Assistant Accountant. Her employer pays tribute to her accounting knowledge as well as excellent work ethics and interpersonal skills.

Christine recently participated as a Field Worker with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on a Migration Study of Haitians in The Bahamas, particularly dealing with migration patterns and level of integration. IOM collaborated with the Ministry of Education and College of The Bahamas on this initiative.

A member of the Youth Advocacy Movement, Christine has been active in projects sponsored in conjunction with the Bahamas Family Planning and Health Association, presenting to school and church groups.

Now employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Christine plans to pursue professional development training with an eventual goal of attaining CPA certification.

This awards programme is part of BFSB’s ongoing ***Financial Centre Focus*** initiative, which also includes the annual **Industry Excellence Awards**, and the School Outreach incorporating a **Careers Fest and Essay/Speech Competition**. Other finalists for the 2005 Award are: Shaniska Adderley, BBA, Finance; Tanya M. Bevans, BBA Accounting; and Irvin Lightbourne II, BBA Accounting.

The Financial Services Student Award, sponsored by Colina Financial Advisors and SG Hambros Bank & Trust Limited, will be presented at BFSB’s annual Awards Banquet on October 8.