YCLA: Up close and personal

The Young Caymanian Leadership Awards will be presented on 27 Feb-ruary at the Ritz Carlton. Over the next two weeks The Observer On Sunday gets up close and personal with the 2010 Finalists. 

Melanie McLaughlin

What was your initial reaction to the news of becoming one of the five finalists for the 2010 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards?

Pleasantly surprised and grateful. I am honored to be a finalist with such a fine group of young Caymanians. As I have the pleasure of knowing all 4 of the other finalists, I can say that any one will be a great ambassador and role model.

Who has inspired you most in your life ?

My grandmother, Grace Powery, inspires me most by her example. She has persevered through a difficult life, while always being honest, kind and true to her Christian faith. I keep her as my personal benchmark for determination, hard work and honesty then somehow the problems I am facing become small and manageable.  I learnt from her that all you need in life is faith, a little love and some “Vicks salve”!

How do you spend your spare time?

I enjoy quality time with my son Jamaal, my best friend and partner, Peter and with my nutty nephews.

Favourite book?

A tie between “The Children of Sisyphus” by Orlando Patterson and “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The writing styles in both of these books are so powerful and engaging.

Favourite Movie?

All time favorite is “The Color Purple” – it has everything, drama, comedy, music, an excellent storyline, production and great acting performances.

Favourite pastime?

Playing volleyball. I am very proud to have represented Cayman in several regional and international volleyball tournaments as a member of the National Womens Volleyball team, since 1997.

Favourite place visited?

I visited Metz, Lorraine in France for the wedding of one of my closest friends. I had not heard of it before and I  was surprised at its loveliness. It was incredibly romantic with beautiful riverside parks, flowerbeds and amazing architecture.

Place you would like to visit most and why?

Australia.  It is the geologically oldest continent and it has so many incredible and unique features- animals, plants, landscapes, weapons and tools found nowhere else on earth. Australian Aboriginals are likely the oldest peoples of the planet. Even its landscape is varied, it has deserts, snowfields, flat lands, plateaus and rainforests all at once. It’s like no other place on the planet.

Collin Anglin

What was your initial reaction to the news of becoming one of the five finalists for the 2010 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards?

I was actually more humbled than I was excited because for me this is not a competition.  For me it was an honor to be part of what I believe the YCLA represents: Positive Leadership, Good character & Servanthood; it’s quite heartwarming to just be counted in the group that represents so many wonderful persons nation-wide committed to making a positive difference in our society.

Who has inspired you most in your life and how did they do that?

Jesus Christ has inspired me most; he lived a life choosing to do what was right, he was merciful, a symbol of justice, he never gave preferential treatment to someone because of their social status or position; although he had every right to be served, yet still he devoted himself to serving others, he taught to overcome evil with good and love our neighbors as ourselves.  His life has inspired millions after him to do likewise.

How do you spend your spare time?

Volunteering, engaging in physical activity, spending time with my wife and family and in self development. I believe it’s important to keep a good balance of mind, body and spirit.

Favourite book?

The Holy Bible.

Favourite Movie?

That is extremely tough for me because I love movies; I could only say I love comedies and action/adventure movies most.

Favourite pastime?

Playing sports of all kinds but especially basketball.

Favourite place visited?

Asheville, North Carolina.

Place you would like to visit most and why?

I would like to visit Egypt and Israel the most because so much history is wrapped around their existence. I would love to personally view the pyramids, Jerusalem and the Sphinx.

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