There are unsung heroes in our
community—and on Wednesday, 20 April, the Rotary Sunrise Club of Grand Cayman
honoured four hard-working people who have gone above and beyond expectations
to make Cayman a better place.
Each of the four community heroes
were awarded Paul Harris Fellow recognition, the highest award a Rotary club
can bestow upon a non-Rotarian, as an expression of appreciation for their
efforts in furtherance of the humanitarian goals advocated by Rotary clubs
The awards were presented during
the club’s annual Charter Night programme on the anniversary of the club’s
ninth year of service in the Cayman Islands. The four community heroes who were
nominated by members of the Rotary Sunrise club are:
Sue Horrocks, head of the Junior
School at Cayman Prep and High School, musical director of the Cayman National
Choir, founder of the Cayman National Orchestra and an active volunteer with
the Cayman Drama Society and Cayman HospiceCare.
J. Alexandra Stewart, a volunteer
and counsellor at the Health Services Authority Mental Health Department, the
Cayman Islands Cancer Society, and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services
Family Support Unit. She is also a founding member of Protection of Animal
Welfare Society for the Eastern Districts.
Zemrie Ramoon Thompson, with the
Department of Children and Family Services. As noted by Community Service Director
Kim Remizowski, “She truly knows what is happening in her community and
goes well beyond the job requirements to mobilize resources to assist families
Gina Ebanks-Petrie, director of
Environment for the Department of Environment and founding member of the
National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Refusing the award unless her entire DoE
team was recognized for their efforts, the Paul Harris Fellow was presented for
environmental management and research, sustainable development, marine
protection, and advisory services for conversation boards and committees.
Rotary Sunrise was chartered in
2002 and has members who are mostly young professionals from Cayman and 24
other countries. They work hard to contribute to the local Caymanian and wider
international communities, and meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at
the Grand Old House.