Mentoring Cayman off to a good start

More than 160 people attended the opening reception for Mentoring Cayman last Wednesday at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

Stuart Jennings

Mentor Rod McDowell of Red Sail Sports and student Stuart Jennings. Photo: Submitted

Alden McLaughlin, Minister for Education, as the guest speaker for the event, gave an impassioned and compelling testimonial of the profound impact mentoring has had on his own life, said a press release.

Following the Minister’s address, students and their parents and guardians were given the opportunity to meet their assigned mentor for the first time and get to know one another.

The programme formally begins 1 January, 2007. Students will then meet with their mentor in the workplace environment one day a month for the duration of the school year.

Mentors are required to attend a training workshop that will take place on 8 January at the Chamber of Commerce office and conducted by a professional facilitator. In addition, a student orientation is being planned for 9 January at the various participating schools.

More than 15 industry sectors were represented including, automotive, law, interior design, accounting, watersports, retail, marketing, construction and medicine, to name a few.

The Mentoring Cayman programme is a partnership between the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture. The programme has been successfully matching industry leading volunteers with Year 11 high school students since 2002 and making a difference in the lives of young adults in the community.

Mentoring can be offered at many different levels, from the practical aspects of day-to-day matters to the provision of motivation and inspiration. Mentoring at its core is a developmental, caring, sharing, and helping relationship where one person invests their time, know-how and effort in increasing and improving another person’s growth, knowledge, and skills.


To learn more about mentoring, or to volunteer, contact Joanne Diaz-Berry at the Chamber of Commerce, 949-8090, or visit their website at

Participating companies

Mentors from the following companies are taking part in the programme: OBMI, Cable & Wireless, FirstCaribbean, Boatswain’s Beach, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Campbells, Julius Baer, Woods Furniture, CGMJ Architects, Advanced Road Construction & Paving, Scotia Bank, CI Government, Caledonian Bank, Health Services Authority, Dart Management, Butterfield Bank, Kirkconnell Brothers, Caledonian, CI Monetary Authority, Cayman Prep, Celebrations, Tortuga, Foster’s Food Fair, RSM Cayman Islands, Water Authority, Walkers, Queensgate Bank, CITN, St. Matthew’s University, Vampt Motors, Red Sail Sports, Cayman Animal Hospital, Cayman National, and Livingstone (CM Studio Ltd.).