Cayfest Distinguished lecturer announced

 Caymanian financier and noted photographer, Sheree
Ebanks will deliver the 2010 Cayfest Distinguished Lecture at the Mind’s Eye
Intuitive Art Centre (Miss Lassie’s duplex), South Sound, Thursday, 15 April.
The 7pm event will start with a cheese and wine reception.

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Artistic
Director, Henry Muttoo, said that while CNCF is a not-for-profit organisation,
Mrs. Ebanks can give unique insights of how the business and artistic worlds
can together for mutual benefit. Her lecture is titled The symbiotic relationship between the arts and business in the Cayman
Islands.

Sheree Ebanks grew up in the Cayman Islands and
first joined the financial services industry in 1976 with CIBC Bank and Trust
Company. In 1980 she joined Butterfield Bank where she is a director and head
of Wealth Management with responsibility for private banking, asset management
and fiduciary services as well as marketing and communications.  

Mrs. Ebanks has over 15 years’ experience in investment
management and over 30 years in offshore banking.  She has been a member of the board of directors
for the Cayman Island Stock Exchange Authority for the past 12 years and director
of Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited since 1999.  

She has also been involved in the performing arts
for much of her life.

For the past five years, Mrs. Ebanks has been involved
in the Cayman Drama Society and currently sits on its executive committee.  In 2008 she joined the Board of the Cayman
Arts Festival. 

Mrs. Ebanks is a two-time recipient of the McCoy
prize for her fine art photography and co-authored The Spirit of Cayman – The
Aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, with sister Karie Bergstrom. The 2004 book is a
photographic essay depicting the story and the spirit of the people of the
Cayman Islands after the devastating storm.

She joins a long list of presenters of the Cayfest
Distinguished Lecture presenters including Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott,
world-renowned Mas’ Man Peter Minshall, Commonwealth Prize winner Earl
Lovelace, and the late Vice Chancellor (Emeritus) of the University of the West
Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford.

Guests at the Cayfest Distinguished Lecture will
have the chance to view an exhibition of artworks and video presentations and
will be among the first visitors to experience the ambience of Miss Lassie’s
newly-renovated property. The site is being preserved as cultural heritage site
and is scheduled to open to the public at the end of the year.

Admission, payable at the event, costs $25 and is
one of the few Cayfest events for which there is a charge.

For further information, contact the Cayman
National Cultural Foundation, at 949-5477.

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