It’s the kind of unexpected bonus a participant in the Chamber of Commerce 2009 mentoring programme can only dream of, but for one lucky fourteen-year old, Cayman Prep School student Hailee Robinson, it became a reality.
Hailee recently had the opportunity to experience her first international cricket match when she travelled to Jamaica to work alongside her mentor, Rhonda Kelly, CEO of Kelly Holding Ltd. at the West Indies vs. India One Day International match.
For the past eight months the two have gotten together on a regular basis to socialize and learn more about each other’s lives and occupations. The programme concluded on 24 June with a reception at Government House.
But for Hailee, the highlight of her time spent with Rhonda was definitely the Jamaica trip where she learned more about the game of cricket which she played in physical education class, saw exactly how an international cricket match is televised to the rest of the world and assisted with branding for the match.
‘I’ve had a lot of fun with Ms. Rhonda over the past few months,’ said Hailee. ‘We went to the movies a lot because we’re both movie lovers but I also learned a lot about the event management business, and I met a lot of people, and did new and exciting things. I am so happy that I decided to participate in the mentoring programme, and I thank Ms. Rhonda for her time and sharing her knowledge and expertise with me.’
Hailee’s eight months with Ms Kelly included helping out at the Cayman Islands Marathon, attending the Chamber of Commerce’s Job Fair, and learning what an event management company does, and the skills needed to execute events successfully.
‘It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Chamber’s Mentoring Programme,’ said Ms Kelly.
‘I gained a lot of insight into the day-to-day lives of students and teenagers, and the challenges they face in their world and today’s society. Hailee is a bright, motivated young lady with a positive attitude, and I think the mentoring relationship was mutually beneficial to us both. I look forward to continuing our friendship and hope that the time we spent together will prove helpful when she starts looking seriously at career options.’
Business leaders and senior managers of companies are invited to make a wise investment with their time and respond to the challenge of becoming a mentor. The new Programme will begin in September 2009 and interested persons may download an application from www.caymanchamber.ky
Companies interested in sponsoring the Mentoring Cayman programmme or anyone seeking more information should contact Programmes & Events Manager, Joanne Diaz-Berry at the Chamber of Commerce on