A new breed of leader is emerging
in Cayman, thanks to a programme developed in partnership with the Chamber of
Celebrating their graduation from
the Leadership Cayman programme on 28 June were: Garth A. Arch; Patricia Bell;
Jarard Blake; Stuart T. Bostock; Jeffrey P. Brandes; Sandy Cram; Joanne
Diaz-Berry; Chris Duggan; Jeana Ebanks; William P. Ebanks (Billy); Brenda L.
Gadd; Simon Garnett; Shayne Howe; Philip Jackson; Ghislaine Lewis; Najah
Lewis-Brown; Madhavi Mathura; Jim O’Neill, Christopher M. Orlandini; Gary
Rankine; Wil Pineau; Sheridan Robinson; Natalie Urquart; Stacey M. Vandevelde;
Lydia C. Warren; Brad Watts; Ben Webster and Melissa Wolfe.
The programme was designed to
develop and enhance leadership skills by providing the means for men and women
from diverse backgrounds to assume active roles in meeting community needs. The
six-month experience is aimed at giving participants a deeper understanding of
social, economic, business and political issues. It is also intended to assist
them in realising their own potential and leadership skills and how best to
employ them in a meaningful way.
Meeting typically every other
Thursday of the month, the LC group forged strong friendships as they took an
inspiring journey together, taking on the new challenges and experiences set
out by the Leadership Planning Committee, chaired by Jeffrey Brandes and supported
by committee members Adam Geldard, Stefan Duchene, Matthew Tibbetts, James
Tibbetts, Paul Tibbetts, Norma Williams-Seymour, Melissa Wolfe, Andrew Gibb,
Joanne Diaz-Berry and Wil Pineau.
Class members met with diverse,
high-level community leaders and decision makers, organising and attending a
series of seminars and retreats in areas ranging from business, government,
education, media, social services, criminal justice, diversity, the arts and
more. A trip to the Sister Islands also introduced the group to some of the
unique issues facing Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
From political leaders, CEOs and
other community heads; participants heard them speak openly and frankly about
the many issues that are affecting us all, and question them afterwards about
their own thoughts and views.
In addition, through the Community
Service Class Project. Each year, LC class members select a local non-profit
organisation from applying to participate and design a project to benefit that
After the planning and fundraising,
class members join together on ‘Project Day’ to create immediate and tangible
results for their chosen charity. This year’s project was the repainting and
‘refresh’ of the Bonaventure Boys’ Home. The group painted the entire interior
of the building, replaced one of their doors, and power washed the exterior of
the building making everything cleaner, fresher and a much more inspiring
environment for the young people living there. It was a great success.
Every thought has gone into making
this an exceptional professional and personal development experience. Group
participants will be exposed to the kind of people and education that can make
not only a real difference in their life, but the lives of others too, as they
share their new found skills and knowledge in the areas of the community that
matter to them most.
Each graduating class will be
invited to join the LC Alumni Association and use it to network both here in
the Cayman Islands and also with similar overseas programmes.