YCLA nominees announced

The five final nominees for this year’s Young Caymanian Leadership Award are Elroy Bryan, Marilyn Conolly, Chris Duggan, Sean Parchment and Raquel Solomon.

The recipient of the award will be announced on 21 February during the live-broadcast portion of the black-tie gala.

Elroy Bryan

Mr. Bryan is employed as a senior and physical education teacher at the Lighthouse School.

‘I started doing work experience with [the Lighthouse School] one summer and I have never left,’ said Mr. Bryan.

‘It has been a very rewarding experience for me. It has helped me in all areas of my life. At the time I wasn’t married and I didn’t have children and being in a school setting made me more responsible … It helped me to be a better father for my two daughters.’

Mr. Bryan’s passion for sports and sports-related activities has given direction to his community involvement, which has included experiences as the coordinator for Cayman Islands National Little League Program and head track coach for the Special Olympics.

Marilyn Conolly

Ms Conolly’s interests are as varied as the community service initiatives she is involved with.

Managing director of Innotiva, a consulting company, Ms Conolly is also a member of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Board of Directors, vocational director for Rotary Sunrise, board advisor for United World Colleges Cayman Islands National Foundation, vice-chair of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation and coordinator of Neighbourhood Watch.

‘Perhaps the effort that is most dear to me is the most recent one; the Estella Scott-Roberts foundation,’ said Ms Conolly, adding that the value of community service had been instilled in her from childhood.

‘I think we need to institute community service from the home, which is where I learned that service to others is more important to service to ourselves and just as important to service as our families,’ she said.

Chris Duggan

Mr. Duggan’s community involvement is also varied.

In addition to his role as head of Butterfield Bank’s Private Banking Division, Mr. Duggan is also a sergeant in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Force Special Constabulary, chairman of the St. Ignatius Catholic School Board of Governors, chairman of the Grand Cayman Labour Tribunal board, a board member of Cayman HospiceCare, and an appointed and active notary public.

‘I think it is important, and incumbent upon us, to use our recognition as young Caymanian leaders to get out into the community,’ said Mr. Duggan.

‘If we are successful, we will inspire them to make positive decisions in their lives and hopefully some of them will end up standing where we are today.’

Sean Parchment

Mr. Parchment is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and participates as a director of the Children and Youth Services Foundation.

Other community activities that Mr. Parchment is involved with have included promoting accountancy as a career option to high school students and serving as a member of the Trade and Business License Board.

Though Mr. Parchment’s colleagues had attempted to nominate him several times for the award, he had always declined their offers.

‘This year, I thought about it a bit more and agreed to it,’ he said.

Mr. Parchment’s community service involvement is based primarily around the CAY Foundation.

‘I’m just trying to be an example in any way that I can be,’ he said.

‘However I am able to help, I do.’

Raquel Solomon

Ms Solomon is the training manager for Foster’s Food Fair whose community involvement embraces many roles.

‘I don’t know a time when I wasn’t involved with community service,’ she said.

‘It was not a concerted effort on my part, it is just that I want to help in any way that I can and I am always looking for new ways to get involved.’

Among other things, Ms Solomon is the vice president for the Cayman AIDS Foundation, a member of the National Youth Policy Task Force, a director of the Rotary Club, a mentor for Mentoring Cayman, a guest lecturer at the Young Parents Programme, and a volunteer reader and mentor at the Leading Edge High School.

‘This nomination, I think, will amplify my ability to do even more because it will add to the recognition and the credibility of any organisation that I am involved with and shed some light on the situations that I have seen,’ said Ms Solomon.

‘There are only positives that could come from this.’