The 2008 Cayman Brac Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year award was presented on Saturday night, 8 March, to Lois Thompson, a special educationalneeds teacher at West End Primary School.
Ms Thompson, who hails from Manchester, Jamaica, and has degrees from Mico Teachers’ College, the University of the West Indies and Columbia University, has been working with the Brac’s learning-disabled primary school students since 1996 and has been instrumental in educating both other teachers and parents about learning disabilities.
She is also an active member of the Cayman Brac Lions Club.
Each year, the BPW invites the community to submit nominations for the Woman of the Year. Nomination boxes are placed in public buildings for several weeks, and the award is given in March as part of Honouring Women Month.
The BPW is very pleased that this year’s award went to a teacher. As club President Frances Clyne said in her presentation address, teachers too often go unrecognised despite their tremendous dedication to the children in their care. Much more is expected of them than their job descriptions imply, and for the most part they meet and even exceed those expectations.
The award presentation was held at Heritage House. Musical selections were provided by Pastor Tom French and his wife, Carla, Sybil Jackson, and Tammy DaCosta.