Theresa Lewis Pitcairn recently held her second public meeting, taking her message to the people of Midland Acres.
She is an independent candidate for the District of Bodden Town
At the intimate meeting, Ms Pitcairn set forth some of the focus areas of her campaign.
Ms Pitcairn’s speech made it clear that one of the areas she is most passionate about is the fate of the youth, especially the unemployed and the outcast.
She expressed her concern that there are many young men in the community who have criminal records and are now forgotten and ignored by the people and the system.
‘They are our sons. Why have we abandoned them?’ she asked.
‘We have an Immigration Law that makes it very clear, you can’t have a situation in the 21st Century where you have Caymanians who are capable, willing and able to work who cannot get a job,’ she said.
Ms Pitcairn said she has nothing against work permits when and where they are needed, but that more had to be done to assist unemployed Caymanians to take their place in the job market.
She emphasised the need for vocational training and other initiatives to help young men, especially those who find themselves with a criminal record, get back on their feet.
‘I want us to see vocational training schools right here in Bodden Town. Let us see things that make us productive; that make us love ourselves. Those are the sort of things we want to bring to the table,’ she said.
Ms Pitcairn also expressed her belief that access to finance should be made available for young Caymanians to build a future for themselves.
‘I want to see the development of micro financing structures, so that those young men I see on the beach can have access to learning in terms of how to develop a business plan. People don’t volunteer to be failures,’ said Ms Pitcairn, who said that, if presented with the right tools, these young men would be able to find their own way out of poverty.
Ms Pitcairn suggested that Bodden Town needs unique solutions to deal with its problems.
‘The people of Bodden Town have also made it clear to me that they don’t want any unsightly and gaudy tourism. They are not keen on cruise tourism. What they want is something that enhances the village, so you can have a nice little bed and breakfast and you can give the tourists that nice Caymanian experience,’ said Ms Pitcairn.
Another suggestion Ms Pitcairn put forward is that there should be more privatisation of government services. Although she did not expound on the matter, she said government doesn’t need to take responsibility for everything.
‘If they are making money, if they are doing something right, we don’t need as a government to take on that responsibility as well,’ she said.
The district of Bodden Town is the fastest growing electoral district in the Cayman Islands, having shown a 25 per cent increase in registered voters from the 2005 elections to the 2009 elections.