Anglin scores as YCLA soars

Collin Anglin was named the
recipient of the 2010 Young Caymanian Leadership Award Saturday night during a
gala black-tie event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The award element of the evening was
streamlined this year to accommodate a one-hour live television broadcast.

Bobby Bodden and Cynthia Hew acted
as emcees for the programme, which featured pre-recorded video interviews of
each of the five finalists.  In addition
to Mr. Anglin, finalists included Tammy Ebanks Bishop, Felix Manzaneres,
Melanie McLaughlin and Krishan Welcome.

Keynote speaker Miles McPherson, a
pastor, author and former US National Football Player, captivated the audience
with a fable about an eagle that is brought up by chickens and inhibited by his
own thinking from soaring.

He urged people to get involved in
the lives of young people, particularly those in need of guidance.  He said humans were not meant to go through
life on their own and borrowing on this year’s YCLA theme, Dare 2 be, he dared
people to lead collaborative lives.  He
also urged husbands to love their wives and be faithful to them.

“And wives, love your husbands,” he
said. “A loving mother and father are the best role models children could ever
have.”

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Anglin
praised the other finalists.

“I’m a recipient, but we’re all
winners,” he said.

Mr. Anglin also spoke about the
concept that it takes a village to raise a child and how, after his home was
destroyed by fire when he was young, the community came to his assistance.

“I was everybody’s child,” he said.
“That’s how the community took care of you.”

Mr. Anglin ended with an African
proverb.

“If you want to go quickly, go
alone; if you want to go far, go together,” he cited. “So I say, Cayman let’s
go far; let’s go together.”

After the televised portion of the
event, guests were served food from stations set up by the various restaurants
at the Ritz-Carlton.  Dinner was followed
by entertainment and dancing well into the evening.

VIPs in attendance for the event
included Governor Duncan Taylor; Cabinet Ministers Rolston Anglin, Mike Adam
and Mark Scotland; and Deputy Chief Secretary Franz Manderson.

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2010 YCLA recipient Collin Anglin delivered his acceptance speech as emcees Cynthia Hew and Bobby Bodden looked on.
Photo: Alan Markoff