Young Caymanian Leadership ’08 finalists

Editor’s note: The Caymanian Compass features the last three of the five finalists for the YCLA this week. The winner will be announced via live television Saturday night. For the previous two, see Monday’s edition of the Caymanian Compass.

Stephen Ryan

1. What was your initial reaction to the news of becoming one of the five finalists for the 2008 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards?

My initial reaction was one feeling blessed, mixed with a sense of being challenged. To be recognised as young Caymanian leader is an honour, but also a challenge to represent that honour well.

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

I would have to say my mother has been the most inspiring figure in my life. Throughout my life watching her lead with determination and steadfastness in her career, church and family through tremendous adversity had a profound impact on me. Her faith and leadership inspired me strive to follow her example because she modelled what a true leader is to me so well.

3. Define leadership.

Leadership for me means living by example. The leaders that I have been most inspired by are those who lived in a way that always strived to model what they advocated to others.

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

To me, being selected as one of the finalist for the YCLA is more than just a personal honour, but it is also a responsibility to use the opportunity to have as much of a positive impact as I can on the young people of Cayman. Being selected as a finalist is a tribute to the people who have invested in my life, and a challenge for me to invest in the lives of other young Caymanians.

5. How do you spend your spare time?

When I have spare time, you will most often find me spending it on, near, or under the water. When I’m not on the water, I enjoy basketball, volleyball, and reading. I also love to snowboard as well whenever I get the chance.

6. Favourite book

My reading tastes vary greatly, but my Bible is the book I reach for most often.

7. Favourite movie

The Count of Monte Cristo

8. Favourite pastime

I enjoy just about any water sport, but fishing is my favourite pastime.

9. Favourite place visited

I would have to say South Africa. It is an incredibly beautiful country, with a diversity of landscapes and culture that made it fascinating to me.

10. Place you would like to visit most and why.

I think I would most like to tour through the Middle East, mainly because of the people, history and culture that so diverse. Few places in the world have as deep and as amazing a history.

Dorothy Scott

1. What was your initial reaction to the news of becoming one of the five finalists for the 2008 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards?

I was going about my usual morning routine and the news stopped me dead in my tracks! I was speechless – hit by the surprise of it all but also by a deep sense of responsibility and accountability. Then the excellent part came in sharing the news with my family and friends and I was suddenly so proud, honoured and excited!

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

My mom and my dad; I am an only child and my parents divorced when I was about two years old. I was raised by my mother. I have never known my parents as a couple but as individuals with a common goal of raising me. By God’s grace, I am no statistic. Through their separation He provided each of them with a unique voice to speak truth into my life that might not have otherwise been possible.

My mother’s fierce motto is “There is no such thing as can’t.’ Despite the odds, as a single mother she never broke a promise to me and her dedication meant it never occurred to me as a child that there was something I could not achieve through hard work, perseverance and a willingness to share and grow.

My father is a respected leader and he actively demonstrated for me how to press on through the pressures of leadership. Crucially, his openness in sharing his triumphs and disappointments and the wisdom gained through his experiences gave me the courage necessary to live out my mother’s faith.

My mom inspired self-confidence, my dad courage.

3. Define leadership.

Let’s start from scratch – leadership has nothing to do with recognition, achievements, titles or accolades. At its most basic level leadership is the ability to influence others. But Young Caymanian leadership is much more than just that – there are influences and influencers everywhere.

Young Caymanian leadership is the willingness to dedicate our unique skills and talents to motivate and empower others to achieve more than they thought possible. It is charting the course, preparing and equipping your team and piloting them through that journey. It is the ability to inspire others not only to dare to dream but, through personal example, to fulfil those dreams with excellence. I am convinced that each of us, through our gifts, inadequacies and imperfections, has a unique role that is desperately needed to make this world a better place. It is through sharing that we influence and therefore lead. Leadership happens when we invest in each other and empower each other to make our dreams our reality.

4. What does it mean to you to become a finalist for the 2008 YCLA?

Being named a 2008 YCLA finalist has been powerful encouragement to me. It is a tangible vote of confidence from Cayman to continue to motivate and advocate for young Caymanians. It has also been deeply humbling to be named with the current and previous finalists, many of whom have dared me not only to dream but to achieve those dreams with excellence. Young Caymanians are hungry for faithful leaders and being named a YCLA finalist has renewed my personal commitment to respond to that hunger in a positive way. It has motivated me to continue to develop the leaders around me. It is a very special honour and I am deeply thankful and empowered.

5. How do you spend your spare time?

Spare time is now usually spent developing my little garden (and I use the word develop loosely). It’s actually a bit sadistic of me because the green thumb that runs on both sides of my family skipped my generation – but I’m trying!

More seriously, I genuinely enjoy getting out in the community and any spare time is usually dedicated to a Rotaract project or just spending extra time building relationships with people.

6. Favourite book

The Old Testament book of Isaiah.

7. Favourite movie

The Last King of Scotland – I was absolutely appalled at myself for being seduced by Forest Whittaker. I knew what was coming but he was so charismatic that he got me. It erased any self-righteousness that I would somehow be so high-minded as to avoid being seduced by a despot. I was riveted.

8. Favourite pastime

If I have some extra time on a Saturday afternoon I love browsing bookstores or going to a new restaurant or catching a movie. If I have spare time on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, I will go to the beach with a good book and a good friend and hopefully catch up with both.

9. Favourite place visited

I have lived and travelled around the world but by far Spot Bay, Cayman Brac, right up underneath the Bluff is my favourite place on earth. Real community is happening on that island and I love it. Everywhere I look I see cousins and landmarks that my people set down. I love Long Beach at dusk when the boobys are nesting. Both my grandmothers live there and it’s the only place where I can truly rest.

10. Place you would like to visit most and why.

This year southern Africa is on my to-do list. My closest friends in college and university and some of my current mentors are Africans. Despite their different circumstances, there is something in each of them that signifies to me the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. I want to step foot on the continent and see for myself so I will start with an over-due visit to my friend Nyoko, who is from Namibia but studying at the University of Cape Town. She doesn’t know this yet, but she will take me to – where else? – Robben Island. I will leave the rest of the itinerary up to her.

Donald Spence

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

I was really surprised knowing that usually there are so many persons who are nominated for this award.

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

My mother, Edwarda Spence (nee Kelly) has been my source of inspiration. While she did not get to pursue a college degree, due to the sudden death of my father, she can be credited for raising six children on her own with strength and dignity. She sacrificed so much so that we were able to have a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothes to wear and a great opportunity to obtain an education. From her Christian life I adopted many principles that make me who I am today: honesty, integrity, humility, perseverance, optimism and love for others. In essence she typifies the identity of a true Caymanian woman and I love her dearly.

3. Define leadership.

For many, the lives of great political leaders best define leadership. I much prefer to use as a definition the lives of servant leaders, persons such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. I am of the view that these leaders gave so much of themselves not with a view of personal ambition, but indeed because they wanted to make the lives of those around them better. These people gave unreservedly of their resources, time, energies and indeed their lives, all spent in serving others.

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

It is a great honour to be selected as one of this year’s five finalists. I am also humbled because I am aware of the contributions that each of this year’s other finalists have made to our country. What we have achieved, collectively, makes me truly proud to be Caymanian.

5. How do you spend your spare time?

I enjoy reading a great book. I also treasure time spent talking with people no matter how young or old about their strengths, daily lives, their goals, dreams and challenges. It is during these times that I motivate others to be the best that they can be in an effort to fulfil the purpose for which they were created. These times also allow me the opportunity to analyze my personal growth and development.

6. Favourite book

While I enjoy the book Things Fall Apart by Nigerian novelist, poet and critic Chinua Achebe, it is the Bible that I love the most. Not only does the Bible have drama, suspense, action, a plot, various characters and the main subject being Christ, it is the only book that really explains humanity and the great controversy between Christ and Satan that we are all a part of. In its pages is contained God’s unconditional love for humanity, demonstrated through his son’s life, death and resurrection all in an effort to save man.

7. Favourite movie

None.

8. Favourite pastime

Spending time with my wife, family and friends, enjoying the company of good people.

9. Favourite place visited

Having won the local and regional competition of the Louis Brown Law Client Interviewing Competition in 2001, I had the distinct pleasure of representing the region at the international level in New Zealand. Apart from the great learning experience of improved legal skills of identifying client needs, client advising, client care and conflict resolution that I gained from the competition, I really enjoyed my time in New Zealand. The beauty and peacefulness of the country is one that has caused my deep admiration. I would enjoy revisiting the country, spending more time and taking my wife with me this time.

10. Place you would like to visit most and why

Singapore. My work colleague Desmond Tiong has painted such a great picture of a country that has moved from a status of a third world country to that of first world.

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