Youngsters, mentors recognised

Mentors and the young people who
benefited from their mentoring were recognised at a reception at the Governor’s
residence on 27 June.

Parents, along with their children,
as well as dignitaries and business people from a cross-section of the
community attended the reception to award participants in the annual Cayman
Islands Chamber of Commerce Mentoring Programme.

Chamber CEO Wil Pineau and Chamber
President Stuart Bostock praised the generosity, exceptional professionalism
and the willingness of the mentors to take that extra step towards making the
Caymanian community a stronger and more vital force.

“There were 41 pairs of mentors and
mentees that included students from John Gray High School, Cayman Preparatory
School, St. Ignatius Catholic High School and Triple C, in addition to a
diverse range of industries and backgrounds,” Mr. Pineau said.

The idea behind the undertaking is
to give young people the opportunity to shadow individuals that work in fields
related to their interests, while availing themselves of the necessary skills
to be successful in real-world situations.

During the six to seven sessions,
the young people are exposed to many enlightening experiences designed to give
them a well-rounded perspective on what life on the job – and the
responsibilities that come with it – can be like.

Justino Rodrigues, who worked with
architect Craig Nixon, said, “I got to see what he does in his office and was
fortunate to be there during the process of developing the new Drugs Task Force
Marine Base, which should be fully functional by August.”

Mr. Nixon said the time he spent
with Justino was equally rewarding, and he referred to the experience as being
akin to taking a refreshing walk in the park.

“It has been encouraging to see the
calibre of youth that we have here in the Cayman Islands and also quite
reassuring to know that these youngsters will be the men and women of

“This is the most gratifying way of
serving one’s community, and I endorse it wholeheartedly,” said Merta Day,
sports coordinator for women in the Department of Sports, commenting on her
experience mentoring Chloe Tathum. “Chloe is intelligent, articulate, confident
and athletic, a real all-rounder.”

Chloe, an honour student, said she
was extremely pleased with her mentoring sessions and pointed out that she and
Ms Day have similar interests, which made the time spent particularly educational
and enjoyable.

“I eventually want to work with
sports and medicine and, so Merta was the perfect fit for me, as she has always
been involved in athletics and sports in the community.

“I got to see the other side of
sports and the work that goes into coaching, as well as organising and scheduling
events. It was really great.”

Each mentor and young person who
was mentored received a plaque and certificate by Governor Duncan Taylor.