15 kids. 1 day.


The Cayman Drama Society Christmas Play in Day is our special Holiday Cayman First Classroom of the Month. The students along with instructor Kirsty O’Sullivan come up with the concept, story line and script in a single day and perform at the end for their parents. We love the way the ideas develop into a narrative with a beginning, middle and end teaching collaboration, innovation and confidence. Congratulations!

4 Cayman parrots released into Botanic Park


Island Heritage, the Cayman Turtle Center and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park have given a four Cayman parrots a chance at a new life. The four birds were raised at the Turtle Center as part of the breeding programme but funding challenges prevented the release until Island Heritage insurance stepped in and funding the testing and the slow path to retraining the birds to survive in the wild.

 

Cayman Islands Red Cross Forges Ahead With Hurricane Shelter Renovations


In August 2018, the Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) launched its biggest one-time capital campaign to date: “Shelter from the Storm”, the campaign which aims to renovate and refurbish its Hurricane Shelter and Headquarters. The CIRC is currently in the midst of the first phase of renovations, made possible thanks to generous donations made by a variety of corporate and individual donors.

Cayman First Insurance is the latest to join as a Response Partner, with a generous donation of $25,000 to the Campaign.

“Cayman First has been a partner to the Cayman Islands Red Cross for over a decade,” Says Gordon Philip, Managing Director of Cayman First Insurance. “We are excited to take part in renovating this crucial community building.”

“The partnership between the CIRC and Cayman First has been strong one,” details Jondo Obi, Director of the CIRC. “Over the past decade, Cayman First has been an incredible annual supporter of the many CIRC programs, including Disaster Management, First Aid and Aquatics Training, Child Sexuality Education and Protection and the Thrift Shop Community Outreach Program. Thanks to Cayman First Insurance and their generous donation, these programs will continue to thrive – this time in their newly renovated home.”
For more information on Shelter from the Storm, please visit www.redcross.org.ky

Cayman Kind branding boosts Brac businesses


We’re loving the news that the Cayman Islands Government has launched a new product line on Cayman Brac that will enable local businesses, notably small businesses and cottage industries, to ramp up their services in time for the coming Christmas season.

Customers at CI post offices will now be able to ship out their locally made products at flat rates using the two new products: CaymanKind Global that costs $25 and CaymanKind Global Express at a cost of $40.

Each heavyweight cardboard parcel package accommodates a weight limit of 22 pounds for the same flat rates and can be shipped to any country the CI Postal Service currently services.  But that’s not the exciting part – the cost includes gorgeous branded boxes designed by the Department of Tourism, depicting national treasures such as the Cayman Parrot and the stingray.  That means you don’t need to find other packaging for posting your products.

At the Wednesday launch at the Stake Bay Post Office, Mrs. Starrie Scott, owner of well-known Brac jewellery and craft store NIM Things, kicked off the sales by posting the first package containing Christmas-themed craft items to an individual buyer in Berne, Switzerland.

NIM stands for “Native Island Made”, and features the creations of her husband, Mr. Tenson Scott and artist/craftsperson daughter Ms Simone Scott. The items shipped to Switzerland included Christmas tree ornaments featuring Cayman thatch work and shell-studded Christmas trees for table decorations, Mrs. Scott explains.

“This is a great boon for small store owners like us. At a glance, the boxes in which the packages will be sent highlight the unique beauty of the Cayman Islands. The boxes themselves are very attractive and I am very pleased that we are the containers so vividly represent the Cayman Islands.”

Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow says department is greatful for the Department of Tourism’s role in getting the products off the ground.  “DOT provided the branding and the photography. My sincere thanks go especially to DOT’s Director, Ms Rosa Harris and Tourism Development Service Manager, Ms Jessica Pawlik and Postal Service staff particularly Deputy Postmaster General, Ms Melissa Martinez-Ebanks for their stellar work in developing the new boxes,” Ms Glasgow acknowledged.

First Baptist Church presents Festival of Christmas Praise


This Christmas, enjoy the sights and sounds of the wonderful First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir! Celebrate Christmas with them as they share the message of Good News throughout the island! Saturday, Nov 17 at the Camana Bay Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday, Dec 1 at the Camana Bay Parade of Lights, Saturday, Dec 8 at the East End Civic Center, Sunday, Dec 9 at Sir John A Cumber Elementary School in West Bay, Tuesday, Dec 11 at the Men’s Prison… and their main concerts – Friday, Dec 14 and Sunday, December 16 at the First Baptist Church on Crewe Rd, across from the Lion’s Center. Make plans to enjoy the ministry and music of this fabulous choir and soloists in these coming weeks…. It will be the highlight of your Christmas Season!

Young Caymanian Leaders Recognized and Celebrated


On Saturday, November 10th – one of the five finalists for the Young Caymanian Leadership Award will become this year’s recipient.

This year’s finalists are: Kacey Mobley, Kimberley Conolly, Samuel Young, Staci Scott, and Wilbur Welcome.

KACEY MOBLEY

Inspired by her Christian faith, Kacey Mobley is committed to cultivating a lifestyle of leadership, service, and mobilization with others to affect transformational change centered on social justice.

Equipped with a Master’s degree in Sociology and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Political Science, Kacey is dedicated to using her knowledge and experience to make a difference in our social problems. She believes that priority should be given to objective research projects that inform policy and multi-agency strategic intervention. Her commitment to excellence and evidenced-based work was reflected in the numerous academic accolades she received throughout her tertiary studies.

Kacey’s professional career has mainly been in the criminal justice and educational sectors. She has been employed as a proud civil servant for the past 5 years and is currently a Senior Probation Officer at the Department of Community Rehabilitation. In this capacity, she leads a large team of Probation Officers in delivering rehabilitative and intervention services to Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands. Envisioning a safer and healthier Caymanian community, the organization aims to reduce crime by working alongside justice-involved individuals, empowering them to make positive cognitive and behavioral Changes.

In addition to her professional service, Kacey is known for her active role in the community. She has served in strategic leadership roles with nonprofit organizations such as Let Me Live and Generation 4:12 which exist to empower youth and young adults. She also volunteered in various organizations focusing on child welfare and development. Her efforts have also extended to supporting numerous persons through crises locally; and providing international relief by traveling abroad in at least 16 mission trips.

KIMBERLEY CONOLLY

Kimberley Antonette Conolly, 32, is an author, entrepreneur and works full-time in the Tourism/Hospitality sector at The Renaissance as an Assistant Manager. Kimberley was the 2016 Cayman Islands Tourism Association Rising Star in Tourism, a 2016 Governor’s Conservation Award finalist and honored as an Emerging Pioneer in Tourism on Heroes Day 2017. She was also the recipient of The Sinclair’s Group Young Entrepreneur of the Year Runner-Up Award 2016 for the business idea for The Wick Candles & Scents. She prides herself that the Company is about more than candles and generously gives back to the community with Stuff the Bus school supply drive and community cleanups. The Company has donated to The Breast Cancer Foundation, National Trust for the Cayman Islands as well as the Clifton Hunter High School 2018 Leisure and Tourism Award package which included a scholarship.

Kimberley is very involved and has volunteered for the National Drug Council, The Breast Cancer Foundation, Cayman Islands Tourism Association, CayFilm, Taste of Cayman and Chicago Cares to name a few. Annually, she invites students to the Stingray Awards and other tourism-related events to expose them to the benefits of being a part of the Tourism industry as a way of encouraging students to make the sector their preferred career choice. She is also Chairwoman for the KAC Foundation, a Community Enrichment Non-profit Organization aimed to tackle social issues such as Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and unemployment through awareness.

Lastly, she is an avid Toastmaster and currently serves as Area Director for clubs in Grand Cayman and Turks and Caicos. Through the Program, she has conducted Youth Leadership Programs and partnered with the National Workforce Development Agency to provide public speaking and leadership training.

She is a Certified Revenue Management Executive with a Master Certificate in Revenue Management from Cornell University. Her first short novel, The Harmonizing Truth, was published earlier this year.

SAMUEL YOUNG

By way of background, Samuel Young graduated from John Gray High School (where he won the Governor’s’ Achievement Award) and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UCCI. Samuel now owns and operates the leading gym in the Cayman Islands, World Gym, which in 2018 had its most successful year in the last 30 years.  Samuel seeks to consistently add value to the lives of his clients and his staff members by running a successful business that empowers the community through health and fitness.

In this spirit, this year Samuel donated over CI$14,000 in the form of sponsored gym memberships for local charitable organizations together with providing gym equipment to a local prison for the betterment of the lives of inmates. Samuel constantly seeks to improve and grow himself and those around him. He refuses to live a life of complacency or stagnancy and believes in using all his abilities in the service of others.  Samuel has various athletic accomplishments including winning the Pirates’ Week Mud Run on three occasions and he is the first trained triathlon coach in the Cayman Islands.

STACI SCOTT

Staci Scott is a young Caymanian professional with a passion for lifelong learning and a fierce belief in the great potential of Caymanian youth. A native of Cayman Brac, Staci graduated summa cum laude from Elon University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in May 2013, where she received an award in recognition of having attained the highest grades within her major.

Staci is a Certified Public Accountant (North Carolina, USA) and is currently an audit manager at KPMG within the asset management practice. In 2016, she also completed a secondment at KPMG’s New York City office, which enabled her to gain international experience. At KPMG, Staci has served as an active member of both the Scholarship and Corporate Citizenship Committees since 2014. As a member of the Scholarship Committee, she acts as a mentor and resource for young Caymanians within the firm, guiding them as they progress through the scholarship program and as new employees. As a part of the Corporate Citizenship Committee, Staci has organized Christmas donation drives and various other projects within the Cayman community and is a part of the Committee subgroup focused on lifelong learning.

Since returning home from university 5 years ago, Staci has seized every opportunity to make a difference in the learning and lives of students within Cayman. She has volunteered with KPMG and Literacy is for Everyone’s Paired Reading program at Red Bay Primary School, is a mentor to A-level and university students through Cayman Finance, and has taught high school students money management and career skills through Junior Achievement’s Economics for Success program. She has also taught local bachelor’s and master’s degree students analytical and presentation skills through KPMG’s Ace the Case business skills course and is also a “big sister” or lifelong mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Cayman,

In September 2017, Staci was honored to receive the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants’ first Rising Star Award in recognition of her career achievements to date as well as her community impact. She looks forward to continuing to build a successful career in Cayman while also playing an active role in the lives of local youth.

WILBUR WELCOME

Wilbur Welcome is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Financial Services and is happily married to Shari Welcome. Prior to joining the Ministry Wilbur held the position of Senior Analyst at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Wilbur is originally from Bodden Town, and now resides in the peaceful district of East End and is an active member of the William Pouchie Memorial United Church, in North Side. He is an Elder and Treasurer of the William Pouchie Memorial United Church; he also serves as the Sunday school superintendent, co-founder and program coordinator of the Anchors Christian Boys Club, member of New Direction Male Choir, and an executive on the Men’s Fellowship of the William Pouchie Memorial United Church. He is also an alumnus of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cayman program.

Throughout his life Wilbur has demonstrated strong community spirit, assisting with Vacation Bible School and sports days under the United Church, and participated in national and local club football. His interests include farming, fishing, travel, sports, art and history. Wilbur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from North Carolina State University and earned his MBA at Campbell University.

EVENT DETAILS

Tickets for the YCLA 2018 Gala Event are now available. The cost is $250 per person. Corporate tables of ten are also available for $2,500. The event is November 10, 2018, at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa. The theme is “It Takes a Village”, and the speaker is soon to be announced. Doors open for the reception at 6 pm. At 6:45, doors are closed to accommodate the live telecast. Doors re-open after the broadcast for the remainder of the evening to celebrate. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to secure their reservations by emailing brianna@ycla.ky.

ABOUT YCLA

Celebrating its 18th Anniversary this year, the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards programme has as its mission to identify, celebrate and honour outstanding young leaders in the community who, through their actions, behaviour and leadership, serve as role models for the youth of Cayman.

Candidates are nominated each year by members of the public. The programme is open to any Caymanian between the ages of 20 and 35.

2018 Business Excellence Awards


The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding members at its annual Business Excellence Awards at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman on Saturday, October 27th 2018.  One of the highlights is the Lifetime Achievement Award which this year recognizes Caymanian Entrepreneur, Mr. Keith Parker Tibbetts Junior.

Science + Teacher = Life Changing Classroom


When Shakeina Bush’s class at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay was selected as the Cayman First Classroom of the Month, we’d heard she was a great teacher. But instead of talking about herself and her achievements, this award winning teacher  couldn’t stop talking about her students.

When we visited her classroom, we can see why these students are doing so well and deserve recognition. She brings out the best in them and they, bring out the best in her. Congratulations! We appreciate you!