The winners of the Chamber of
Commerce Golden Apple Awards were announced at a gala event held at the
Harquail Theatre on Saturday night.
Now in its fourth year, the event
organisers took a new approach to the ceremony, with a show-style programme
kicked off by an elegant champagne reception in the theatre foyer.
Chamber CEO Wil Pineau and Chamber
President Stuart Bostock joined Education Minister in welcoming guests, each
underscoring the importance of teaching for the young people of the Cayman
The Golden Apple Award winners were
Charmaine Bravo (Primary School Teacher in a Public School), Barbara Wilson
(Primary School Teacher in a Private School), Rebecca Profitt (Middle School
Teacher in a Private School), Leslie Williams (Middle School Teacher in a
Public School), Lache Francke (High School Teacher in a Private School),
Antoinette Parris Hoyte (High School Teacher in a Public School), and Cetonya
Cacho (Principal in a Public or Private School).
Mr Williams, who is a teacher at
the Alternative Education centre, struck a particularly poignant chord in his acceptance
speech when he took both parents and government to task with regard to the welfare
of at -risk children and the responsibility society has to them.
The televised event also recognised all
teachers who had been nominated and those selected as finalists.
Olive Miller was the recipient of
the Golden Apple Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her six decades
of work with young people in the Cayman Islands.
Mrs. Miller, who still helps out at
Miss Nadine’s pre-school four mornings a week at age 88, came to Cayman for the
first time in 1946, and had the audience on its feet as she looked back on her
years with the Girls’ Brigade and the NCVO.
Noting she’d never officially
trained as a teacher, she pointed out with amusement that had not stopped her
from helping to set up not only Knox College in Jamaica but also the Cayman
Islands High School.
Award presenter Roy McTaggart of
KPMG joined others in sharing his memories of Mrs. Miller, observing wryly that
in his first nursery school report card, Mrs. Miller had commented he had not
learned anything but did seem to enjoy playing.
The presentation to the charming
“Cockney Caymanian” closed out the evening’s official programme.
The event was sponsored by Cayman
Free Press, Maples, Dart, KMPG, (Cayman) Ltd. Walkers, and NCB Cayman Ltd.