Fidelity dedicates banking hall to national hero

Cayman’s national hero accepted the honour of having Fidelity’s new banking hall named after her to a packed audience full of business leaders and government officials.

Sybil McLaughlins

Fidelity chair Anwer Sunderji shakes Sybil McLaughlins hands while Fidelity Cayman CEO Brett Hill looks on.

Fidelity’s new banking hall on West Bay Road was officially dedicated to the national hero Sybil McLaughlin at a cocktail reception last eek.

During his dedication speech, the chairman of the Fidelity, Anwer Sunderj said Mrs. McLaughlin was the obvious choice for the honour because she is a living example of the qualities to which young Caymanians should aspire to.

‘A pioneering, no-nonsense woman, she achieved many firsts including being appointed the first female Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1991,’ said Mr. Sunderji. ‘Named as the National Hero in 1996 by Mr. McKeeva’s administration, Miss Sybil has a long list of accomplishments and the younger generation would do well to emulate her dedication and commitment to excelling in all things she put her mind to.’

To further mark the occasion, Mr. Sunderji announced the establishment of the ‘Fidelity Citizenship Award’ to be given out four times a year to deserving individuals or groups. Each citizenship award will be $10,000 and will be based on public nominations.

‘Each award will be used to further the good work the recipients are doing and to encourage more citizens to shoulder the responsibility to create a better civil society,’ said Mr. Sunderji.

Mrs. McLaughlin stated that she never imagined that she would have her name on a bank.

‘This wasn’t anything I ever expected,’ said Mrs. McLaughlin, adding that she hoped this branch was successful.

Also speaking at the dedication, the Leader of Government Business, McKeeva Bush, stated the opening of the new branch is a strong signal that while the Cayman Islands is in the midst of turbulent economic times, the financial sector is still fundamentally strong.

Located in the heart of Seven Mile Beach, Fidelity moved its banking branch from the Marquee Plaza to the Fidelity Financial Centre. While Fidelity’s headquarters are in The Bahamas, the bank’s has maintained operations in the Cayman Islands for 30 years.