Editor’s Note: More profiles on the 2005 honour recipients will follow. These are the first of a series.
Recipient of Member of the British Empire, Mr Harry Colvin Chisholm, JP
Mr. Chisholm, has had the honour of being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his significant contribution to the financial services in the islands as well as his services to the Caymanian community.
Spanning just short of 40 years, his banking career started when he joined the Cayman branch of the Royal Bank of Canada in 1965.
‘Back then banking was still a new field and offered many opportunities. I decided to try it out and haven’t regretted that decision ever,’ he said.
After several years of gaining international experience in Jamaica, and the US Virgin Islands, Mr. Chisholm returned to Cayman in 1974 and took up a management position with Royal Bank Trust Co., (Cayman) Ltd and later became assistant manager of Royal Bank, Grand Cayman branch.
He was appointed senior assistant manager in 1985 and manager of the Grand Cayman Branch in 1992.
He holds the position of area manager, Cayman Islands, and serves as a director of Royal Bank Trust Co., (Cayman) Ltd., as well as director of several other subsidiaries of the Royal Bank Financial Group.
His efforts in restarting the banking industry after Hurricane Ivan are well known by all.
Mr. Chisholm has also served on numerous public committees including the Immigration Board, Water Authority, Prison Inspection Panel, the C.I. Stock Exchange and the Health Services Authority. He was a founding member and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Bankers Association. He has been a Rotarian for 22 years and was president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman from 1987 to 1988.
He has been active in Juvenile Court for almost 16 years and describes his work there as the most profound,
‘In Juvenile Court one’s decisions and advice have the most potential to change lives. It is touching to work with young people whose needs are so great. If I have managed to turn around one life, all the years of service would be worthwhile.’
Described as a generous and humble person, his service record bespeaks his deep-seated loyalty to his community.
Mr. Chisholm was born on 8 October 1947 to William and Ida Chisholm in North Side, Grand Cayman.
He is an active member of the Elmslie Memorial United Church and his hobbies include fishing, boating and farming. He and his wife, Elsie, live in George Town. They have three daughters, one son and two grandchildren.
Reflecting on his award, Mr. Chisholm said he was honoured to receive such recognition and thanked his family, colleagues and friends for supporting him in all his social and professional endeavours.
He encourages people to remain focused on rebuilding the community.
‘We must continue to help those who find it difficult to help themselves. Personally, my wish is to remain in the service of my community wherever needed.’