Recognizing service to children

Vernecia Watler is the 2010
recipient of the Carol Ann Patricia Williams-Campbell Award, named for an
exemplary foster parent who passed away.

The award is presented to a member
of the community who has contributed to the welfare and development of
children.

 Mrs. Watler’s award was received in her
absence by her son Olivaire Watler at the recent Child Month church service at
Savannah United Church.

 “I have always loved children; I started out
babysitting neighbourhood children and later began helping the smaller children
with their homework,” said Mrs. Watler.

“I firmly believe that as members
of the community, we must continue to take seriously the role of shaping young
hearts and minds into the well-rounded adults of tomorrow. I feel very blessed
to serve the young people of the Cayman Islands, and I am humbled by this honour.”

Minister of Community Affairs and
Housing Mike Adam congratulated Miss Vernecia, noting her community spirit and
selfless service over the years. He said the country owed her a debt of
gratitude for her contribution.  

 “Miss Vernecia has the community and children
at heart,” said Department of Children and Family Services Director Deanna Look
Loy.

“She is always actively working to better
their lives.”

Known as one of the signatories who
petitioned the government for the right to vote, Mrs. Watler has served the
community in various capacities for more than five decades. 

In Scouting, for example, she has
served the East End Cub Scout Pack for many years. She was a member of the
Scout Association Executive Committee, and also led the Cayman Islands
contingent in the first Caribbean Cuboree, held in St. Lucia in 1995. Among her
many Scouting awards is the Silver Crocodile, the association’s highest.

Mrs. Watler is a Justice of the
Peace, and a life member of the National Trust. She also holds a Cayman Islands
Certificate and Badge of Honour, is the recipient of the Melvin Jones
Fellowship Award from the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, and an award from Rotary
Sunrise.

 A member of the Gun Bay United Church, she has
served in several capacities in the Women’s Fellowship, including President for
Gun Bay, Island Council President for all the local United Churches, and
President General for Jamaica and Grand Cayman. She has also taught elementary
and Sunday schools and has received many church awards. Her name is also etched
in the Wall of Honour in Heroes Square.

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The 2010 Child Month Award recipient Vernecia Watler.
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