Director needed for Crisis Centre

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, set up to shelter women and children from domestic violence, is looking for its third director since opening in 2003.

Estella Scott, the centre’s first and most recent director, left this past August to pursue other career options but has ‘maintained close ties with the shelter.’

She was replaced by Marlene Swanson as acting director.

Her departure after three months was confirmed by chairman of the centre’s Board of Directors, Len Layman.

Though he declined to comment on Ms Swanson’s departure, Mr. Layman mentioned that ‘The Board [was] still actively searching for a new director.’

The centre’s new acting director is Jeanine ‘Nina’ Scott who is also employed as one of the centre’s long serving night administrators.

The first shelter of its kind in Cayman, the CICC opened its doors amidst much publicity in March 2003.

The 18-bed centre currently has a 20 per cent occupancy rate.

CICC’s annual operating cost is around CI$400,000, half of which is funded by government. The remaining CI$200,000 is funded through charitable donations and through various fundraising initiatives by both by the centre and the private sector.