Joannah Small in YCLA running

Editor’s note: The Young Caymanian Leadership Awards will be held 17 February. The Caymanian Compass will feature each of the five nominees throughout this week.

Joannah Small

Joannah Small

What was your initial reaction to the news of becoming one of the five finalists for the 2007 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards?

Surprise and joy; then a profound sense of honour. I found out just before my wedding day and had to wonder how much happiness one person could contain before she burst. I think I was dangerously close.

Who has inspired you most in your life and how did they do that?

Jesus – by His example and the teachings of the Bible. My spirituality is my foundation and I am not holding myself out as perfect, but I can say that my life is a constant work in progress where I am inspired to try my best and practice the fruits of the Spirit.

Define leadership

Leadership is facilitating the accomplishment of the goal. It is not looking at things from an uneffecting distance. Leadership means staying the course, bringing out the best, acknowledging unrealistic demands, managing problems, empathising with others, sharing responsibility and following through.

What does it mean toyou to become a finalist for the 2007 YCLA?

A tremendous honour. I have so much respect for the past YCLA finalists and consider myself privileged to be in their ranks. The YCLA is a wonderful opportunity to annually showcase what the five finalists are doing in their own small way and in this way perhaps others will be inspired to do good things. I am very proud to be a part of the process.

Her bio

After passing the Cayman Islands Bar, Mrs. Joannah Bodden Small joined Maples and Calder and has been employed there for the past eight years.

Her proudest professional achievement is working with the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority. Her article titled Five Reasons to Register an Aircraft in the Cayman Islands highlights the advantages of using the Cayman Islands as a jurisdiction for private aircraft registration.

She enjoys this work as it enables her to combine a major aspect of her practice with helping Cayman’s economy. She is proud to be a part of the formation of the Young Business and Professional Women’s Club Sexual Harassment and Stalking Task Force and their accomplishments to date.

Mrs. Small’s leisure time is spent with her family, especially hearing the stories of Cayman past from her grandparents. She also enjoys spending time with friends, doing charity work, boating, reading and traveling.