New Year honourees named

Five Caymanians have been awarded Certificate and Badge of Honour for New Year 2010.

The honours go to Julene Dorris Banks, Betty Baraud, Frank E. Flowers, Brian Patrick ‘Pat’ Randall and Sharon Elaine Roulstone.

Ms Baraud is honoured for services to the community through the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, while Mr. Randall is recognised for services to the youth of Cayman through Junior Achievement.

The remaining three recipients are being honoured for services to the community.

Julene Dorris Banks

In 1997, Julene took a leave of absence from the Legal Department, intending to be a stay-at-home mom to care for her soon-to-be-born baby. But her daughter was stillborn and she could only mourn her loss.

‘Losing Sarah was a turning point in my life,’ recalls Julene. ‘She helped me to realise how fragile life is and how important it is to live every day with meaning.’

The outpouring of support she received inspired her to turn to the Littlest Angel Support Group (now under Our Angels Foundation) to help other women cope with pre-natal loss. She still counsels as needed, enabling people understand that grieving is a necessary and sometimes lengthy process.

Julene works with the Women’s Fellowship at John Gray Memorial Church in West Bay to ensure elderly congregation members are not neglected.

She practises law from home and advises the elderly on estate planning.

Children are also a big part of her life.

With husband Loxley, she has fostered children over the years and now privately assists with supporting a child in need.

This CI Law School alumnus and former deputy clerk of the Courts helped craft the Children’s Law (1995) and still deals with the Youth Justice Law through occasional Juvenile Court work. She also worked on creating the Monetary Authority Law and served on the authority’s board.

Julene helped create and implement the National Drugs Council Law and was NDC chairperson for three years.

She is a life member of the National Trust.

Betty Baraud

Betty is a successful businesswoman who pioneered the recruitment and immigration consultancy services in Cayman and who is now a member of the Immigration Review Team. Her name is also synonymous with fundraising for the Cayman Islands Olympics Committee.

‘I am humbled by this award; this was never the reason for doing what I do. My driving force has been a deep desire to make a difference in someone else’s life,’ she said. ‘I could not have accomplished so much on my own, had it not been for my hardworking staff, committed peers on the CIO Fundraising Committee, and the sponsors, who are the real heroes and support the causes I hold dear, year after year. I owe this recognition to them.’

She founded the CIOC’s fundraising arm in 1992, after her son Stefan’s quest to reach the Barcelona Games as a cyclist gave her insight into the funding needs of athletes.

Mrs. Baraud’s commitment to the community goes beyond sports. In 2008 she rallied family, staff and business associates to send a trailer with generators, appliances, clothing and other relief supplies to the Sister Islands after Hurricane Paloma.

Her firm, Baraud International, is also a platform for her community service. Outreach activities include a computer training programme for first-time offenders at Northward Prison (1999-2005); an annual gold sponsor of the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards for 10 years and a gold sponsor for the 2008 Cayman Islands Empowering Women Conference.

A Rotarian with a perfect attendance record of 14 years, she organises annually the Christmas Tree Lighting for Rotary; supports Meals on Wheels, and personally redecorated the George Town Hospital Mental Health Care Unit and provided patients with bibles, books and games.

Frank E. Flowers

Asthma motivated him to shadow his father Mr. Clarence and learn all he could from him. And his life-threatening obesity inspired him to make a drastic change – he started running.

At first he only did a few miles, but with perseverance, he averaged 110 miles each week.

In time, however, running took its toll and knee injuries threatened his health regime. But while he could no longer rack up the running miles, he sought an alternative.

‘I started swimming, and soon realised that while we have the best water in the world, we don’t have many swimming events.’ Thus the Annual Flowers Sea Swim was born.

This one-mile swim event began with few swimmers, but gradually became a highlight on Cayman’s sporting calendar. Some 800 swimmers took to the water this year, including international athletes from as far afield as Australia.

But that is not enough for Mr. Flowers: ‘We have big ideas for next year,’ he promises.

A quiet man, his fierce ambition might take one by surprise, especially when it comes to his tireless community service, much of which remains out of the public eye. Thus few are aware that he donated thousands of building blocks to help the rebuilding effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

Other contributions are more visible, simply because he and his family entities are so well known. Most recall the welcome sight of familiar Flowers’ water trucks repeatedly replenishing supplies of clean drinking water during the first days after the storm.

‘My dad came from nothing and he always said if much is given to you, much is expected of you too. That’s the philosophy I was raised with and I have no plans to change now,’ he says.

Brian Patrick ‘Pat’ Randall

When Rotary Central decided to establish Junior Achievement in the Cayman Islands in 1991, Pat was invited to participate, primarily because of his earlier involvement as a JA leader overseas. He served as JA president for two years in the 1990s and has again filled that role for the past three years.

When JA was incorporated as a local not-for-profit organisation, Pat was appointed a director and secretary during the first year, and he has remained on the board since. His several roles include chairing the recruitment and training committee which works with adult advisors and participating youths.

In Cayman, JA caters to high school students and includes the economics for success aspect, providing exposure for younger teens. They too are guided by business professionals who visit schools to speak on topics such as career choices, budgeting and credit.

Looking back at his years with JA, Pat says he is proud of the early members who have taken their places in society in careers ranging from accounting and law, to aviation and engineering.

‘It is extremely rewarding knowing that we have had a positive effect on the lives of so many young people,’ Pat says. ‘I have especially enjoyed meeting so many students with great potential, and it’s good to know that JA has such a positive influence on them.

‘To run this programme we need many adult advisors. Its success has depended on the countless volunteers who assisted over the years.’

Pat’s other interests include his grandchildren, reading and sport. His most significant contribution to local sports occurred in 1995 when Cayman hosted the CARIFTA Games. He qualified as a level-four track and field judge and adjudicated some events.

Sharon E. Roulstone

‘Every citizen has a role to play. I can’t complain about the system if I’ve done nothing to help improve it.’

With these words as her mantra, Sharon E. Roulstone has dedicated much of her life to serving her community.

Committed foremost to raising her nine-year-old daughter Katherine, and to her career as an attorney, she spends her remaining time serving on statutory and private-sector boards and committees.

Her first appointment, to the Liquor Licensing Board, came while she was still a Cayman Islands Law School student. Known to be outspoken and not just a passive participant, it wasn’t long before Sharon was also appointed to the Immigration Board, where she ultimately served as deputy-chair then chair over a six-year period.

She also served on the Public Service Commission for six years. That service was interposed with appointments as chair and member of the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company and National Pensions boards.

In 2005, Sharon was appointed by the Governor-in-Cabinet as the first chairperson of the Maritime Authority Board, a post she held until August 2009. Her appointment to the Civil Service Appeals Commission followed in 2007. During that period she was also appointed as chair of the Immigration Department’s Work Permit Board, where she served until August 2009.

In addition, Sharon was appointed as a member of the Private Sector Consultative Committee; the Employment Law Review Team; several Vision 2008 review teams; and the Development Plan Review Committee for the Planning Department.

Sharon is a Notary Public and a partner in Turner & Roulstone, which she co-founded in 2003. She is also a director and shareholder in DHL International (Cayman) Ltd., and holds directorships in other private Cayman Islands companies. She is a member of the Caymanian Bar Association and a founding member and director of the Cayman Arts Festival.

Sharon also makes time for local at-risk youth.