Roy Bodden, president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, this month received the Distinguished Alumni Award 2011 from Trent University.
The award was presented by the Ontario, Canada-based university in recognition of Mr. Bodden’s achievement and leadership in his field.
Mr. Bodden said he was elated when he first received the news, as he never thought about winning such a distinction.
“I was not only able to visit the university but also to link up with some classmates,” he said. “One of my classmates, Justin Chui, is a successful Chinese businessman who resides in Hong Kong and is the managing director of a major multinational corporation with major holdings in the Bahamas. Meeting persons of this calibre left me with a sense of humility as my accomplishments have to be judged using a completely different criterion.”
Asked what the award means to him, Mr. Bodden said: “For me, the award represents a stellar achievement and a recognition of the way that I have always chosen to conduct myself, but moreover, it is a result of the spirit in which I was reared by my mother and of the encouragement I received from my paternal grandparents, all of blessed memory.”
He said he dedicates the award to the memory of his mother.
“It is from her that I got my philosophy of life. It was through her encouragement, sacrifice and persistence that I developed a love of learning and excellence as a scholar,” he said. “It is also to her that I owe my sense of moral obligation to uplift those less fortunate than myself.”
He also said the distinction will serve as an inspiration for him to continue striving for excellence and sharing his blessings with others.
“The receipt of this award will help me to continue being a positive role model for my students and an exemplar in society,” Mr. Bodden said. “What this whole experience does for me, is to remind me of the obligation that those of us who benefit from an education have toward the less fortunate.
“In a world where the survival of the fittest is a common ideology, it is easy to be intoxicated by our own sense of self-importance and concentrate only upon ourselves,” he added.