Caycrafts named JA company of the year

Awards banquet recognises outstanding Achievers

Junior Achievement of the Cayman Islands celebrated the completion of its 14th Company Programme Year on Saturday, 13 May with an Awards Banquet held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

Caycrafts

Caycrafts, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, was named Junior Achievement Company of the Year, surpassing 11 other JA companies for the honour. The group captured several other awards including Product of the Year. Caycrafts produces decorative waste baskets and accessories for the bathroom using thatch rope and seashells. Pictured is Annie Multon, left, and Karen Bodden of the Business and Professional Womens Club presenting the Product of the Year award to, from left: Brittany Macvicar, Monique Myers, Kimberlee Solomon, Racquel Rankin, Phenicia Bodden, Luz Rosa Ebanks, Christopher Khan and Erica Powell. Photo: Submitted

Patron of Junior Achievement, Governor Mr. Stuart Jack, was in attendance along with keynote speaker, 2006 YCLA recipient Mr. Jonathan Tibbetts and more than 350 achievers, sponsors, parents and supporters.

Caycrafts, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada was named Company of the Year, surpassing 11 other JA companies for the honour, said a JA press release.

The award was presented by Morgan DaCosta, President of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has sponsored the award since the start of the programme in 1991.

Caycrafts also received the Product of the Year Award presented by Karen Bodden and Annie Multon of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Caycrafts continued to sweep the awards when Onassia Bodden was named the VP of Marketing award recipient which was sponsored by Tower Marketing. Presenter Carolyn Lawe Smith indicated that based upon Onassia’s product catalogues and marketing strategy, she would have a bright future in marketing should she decide to pursue a career in that field.

Caycrafts achiever Christopher Khan, and Scotiabank-sponsored Dreamz Inc. achiever Stephen Chin of St. Ignatius, both won the title of Male Achiever of the Year, while Camille Bodden of Exotic Designs, a JA company sponsored by Deloitte, won Female Achiever of the Year. Both awards were sponsored by the Department of Youth and Sports and presented by James Myles.

Cayman Prep High School student Tom Onions, of Gold Touch Productions, a JA company sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, received the President of the Year award to recognize the outstanding leadership and excellent work he exhibited throughout the JA year. The award was presented by James Tibbetts of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.

Debbie Cullen from Baraud International presented the VP of Human Resources award to Melody Martin of the multi-sponsored Cayman Brac company CONCHerors in recognition of her outstanding performance.

Cayman Prep High School student Joel Rombough of Fross Fashions, a KPMG-sponsored company, and Nickolas DaCosta of CONCHerors were each awarded a VP of Finance award, which was sponsored by Cayman Financial Review and presented by Paul Byles.

Eletra-Tech Services was pleased to sponsor the awards for VP of Production which went to Eva McLean of Dreamz Inc. and Samantha Ebanks of Exotic Designs.

Julia Whiteman of Dreamz Inc. won the Chamber of Commerce Salesperson of the Year award for selling more of her company’s products – decorative pillows – than any of the 240 achievers participating in the JA Company Programme during 2005-06.

The evening culminated with the announcement of the achievers who have been selected to attend an all-expense paid trip to the Canadian National Junior Achievement Conference to be held this year at Carlton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada during mid-August. CANJAC is a forum designed to further educate young people about business and to provide an opportunity to reward and recognise outstanding performance while encouraging even greater future accomplishments.

Angelyn Hernandez, a Director of Junior Achievement and Partner with Quin & Hampson, announced the names of the students selected to attend the conference. They are:

Andrea Forbes of Bowlz R Us, a JA company sponsored by Caribbean Publishing Company

Camille Bodden of Exotic Designs, a JA company sponsored by Deloitte

Cordell Guiterrez of CONCHerors, a multi-sponsored Cayman Brac company

Geoffrey Grizzel of CONCHerors, a multi-sponsored Cayman Brac company

Joel Rombough of Fross Fashions, a JA company sponsored by KPMG

Kimberly Solomon of Exotic Designs a JA company sponsored by Deloitte

Nickolas DaCosta of CONCHerors a multi-sponsored Cayman Brac company

Staci Scott of CONCHerors, a multi-sponsored Cayman Brac company

The JA Programme is designed to help young people appreciate and better understand the role of business in society. With the support and guidance of volunteer advisors from the local business community, the Company Programme provides basic economic education for high school students. By organsising and operating an actual business enterprise, students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the Cayman economic system and the benefits it provides.

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Persons or organizations interested in finding out more about the Junior Achievement programme can call JA Coordinator Joanne Diaz-Berry at 949-4306.