Canover Watson a YCLA finalist

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.

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

My immediate reaction to the news that I was a finalist for the 2007 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards was a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Canover Watson

Canover Watson

However, as I had time to reflect on what it really means, my feelings quickly changed to a sense of responsibility.

Our youth are in dire need of role models and if I am truly a leader in our community then I have a responsibility to them to do everything possible to be a positive influence in their lives.

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

My mother has inspired me the most in my life. She has instilled in me a strong spiritual foundation and the belief that everything is possible through hard work and trust in God. Be true to oneself and never compromise your integrity.

Define leadership

Too often we only consider leaders as world figures, heads of organizations or prominent figures in our society, but seldom do we ever look at ourselves.

Leadership is simply defined as exerting influence, motivating and inspiring, helping others realize their potential and making a difference.

Each and every one of us are leaders in our own right and we must look deep inside to find those qualities. I am a firm believer that good leaders are made not born.

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

Becoming a finalist for the YCLA has further empowered me to make a difference in our community.

This recognition gives me the creditability and access to positively influence our young people.

I think the YCLA gives me a tangible accomplishment that encapsulates characteristics that we must instill in our youth.

I am charged with the responsibility to use this honour to reach out and inspire them to reach for the stars.

Life is about choices and if the simple choices I have made in my life can result in me being honoured as a Young Caymanian Leader among such accomplished peers then I am compelled to share those experiences and values to make a difference.

His bio

Mr. Canover Watson, a Certified Public Accountant and Master of Accountancy, has been employed at Admiral Administration for close to 10 years.

As managing director of Admiral, Mr. Watson lead the company to a No. 2 ranking for overall excellence in fund administration in the Alpha Awards in 2006.

This positions Admiral Administration among such internationally reputable groups as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Watson’s proudest community achievement is being named as finalist for the 2007 YCLA, as it is a testament of his accomplishments professionally and in the community.

Mr. Watson feels that he can use this special recognition as inspiration to our youth. In his spare time he loves to spend time with his 14-year-old daughter (Novia Watson), traveling, going to the movies and playing golf.