Saturday night saw the first annual gala of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants.
The gala, held at Pedro St. James, was put on to celebrate the achievements of recent graduates from the University College of the Cayman Islands’ and the International College of the Cayman Islands’ Accounting degree programs.
It also honoured those who had recently achieved their certification, whether it be their Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or Certified Public Accountant designations, and to welcome them into the world of professional accounting.
John Ferrari, president of CISPA, was delighted to initiate this event. ‘This is CISPA’s first ever gala event to recognise recent graduates from UCCI and ICCI and Caymanians that have successfully obtained a professional accounting designation, such as ACCA, CPA, etc.,’ he said.
‘The gala was intended to build awareness of ‘the opportunities in the accounting profession and how much UCCI, ICCI and CISPA firm members can help you in achieving a professional accounting designation,’ Mr. Ferrari explained.
The event was emceed by Rohan Small and CISPA’S first president, Michael Austin, was on-hand to give a humorous and informative overview of CISPA’s history.
Minister of Education Alden McLaughlin expressed his pride at being able to attend events such as the gala and celebrate the achievements of students.
There were 23 recent graduates and newly-certified accountants; 20 of whom were in attendance.
‘All received a folder containing a certificate signed by John Ferrari …and Charles Bolland (CISPA treasurer and chairman of the Membership Development Committee), which stated that CISPA wished to congratulate them on their achievements, and wished them all the best for their bright and promising future,’ explained CISPA Liaison Officer Meaghan Mitchell.
On-hand to present these certificates was Charles Bollard, treasurer of CISPA and director of the Membership Development Committee and Kenneth Jefferson, CISPA’s Financial Secretary.
Mr. McLaughlin and Angela Martins, chief officer for the Education Ministry, also came onstage to present the recently-certified accountants with their certificates.
Mr. Ferrari said the event was a huge success.
‘With the continued support of the accounting firms, we intend to continue to host this event annually,’ he said.
‘CISPA will continue to work with UCCI and ICCI to create opportunities for young Caymanians interested in a career in accounting.’