YCLA winner motivates

Canover Watson was presented the 2007 Young Caymanian Leadership Award only weeks ago and already he has hit the ground running with his messages on the values and attributes of leadership.

After the February gala event, Canover was showered with congratulatory messages on his achievement.

‘I am very honoured and humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support and I thank everyone for their kind words and encouragement. I am very motivated to use this platform to make a positive difference in our young people’s lives,’ he said.

The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation created the Award, commonly known as the YCLA to identify and establish role models for the youth of Cayman.

One of the ongoing initiatives of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation is for the incumbent recipient of the YCLA to reach the younger generation by partaking in speaking engagements targeted at the youth.

Canover has started making the rounds of delivering motivational speeches and has already spoken to over 250 students and faculty at the Pace High School and to approximately 400 at a Cayman Prep School assembly. Many more speaking engagements are being arranged for this spring, including the Junior Achievement Banquet, Mentoring Cayman Luncheon and Prep School PTA.

Over the years, the foundation has seen the positive effect of the YCLA recipients sharing their stories and successes with the younger generation.

‘The message is always more powerful when it comes from the person who has experienced the events,’ said Melissa Wolfe of YCLF. ‘Our recipients deliver a compelling message about leadership; however they are also proof to the youth of Cayman that hard work and determination are recognized.’

Any school, youth groups or service clubs interested in more information are asked to contact the Melissa Wolfe from the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation at [email protected] or at 916-8335.

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