In this day and age most youngsters find their idols and heroes via television.
But there are people in the Cayman Islands who are worthy of being put on pedestals for all to emulate and admire.
A group of 13 Caymanians recently received top honours from Queen Elizabeth II and the Governor, Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy.
At the top of the list are Mr. Harry Colvin Chisholm and Mr. Seth Thomas Bodden.
Both received the Member of the Order of the British Empire as part of the Queen’s 2000 New Year’s Honours List.
And both are men to look up to.
They have moral integrity and the kindness in their hearts is evident in the way they treat people, both professionally and in private.
Both believe in service to family and community. Their beliefs are carried out through their selfless actions.
Also receiving awards were Pastor Al Ebanks, Mrs. Deanna Marie Lookloy, Mr. Loxley Banks and Mr. Paul Smith, who were given the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.
The awards were in recognition for services to government and the community.
Honoured for services to the community were Dr. Gelia Frederick van Genderen, Ms Clova Bush, Mr. John Hew, Mr. Darrel Rankine, Mr. Crosby Solomon, Mr. Jesse Smith and Mr. Leroy Elliott.
Each and every one of the honour recipients has made a difference in the lives of others in the Cayman Islands.
They spend countless hours volunteering and doing the jobs that make life’s path smoother for others.
It isn’t necessary to look internationally for heroes and idols.
The Cayman Islands has its share of people like the 13 listed above who give selflessly and whose hearts are full of love and care for their fellow man.
Congratulations to them all. They are people we can all look up to and learn from.