Sunrise continues celebrations

The Sunrise Adult Training Centre continued to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman on Tuesday, 6th December. 

The ceremony recalled some of the memorable achievements and special events that the centre has seen since its beginning in 1986. The occasion also recognised employees and clients who have been training and maintaining positive developments throughout the years.  

Ms Shari Smith, the new director at the Sunrise Centre stated, “I commend all the clients whose commitment to the centre is unwavering. We are a family at Sunrise, and when you start at 18 there is no end to the development. 

“We are grateful for the support we receive, as every little bit counts as we continue to teach and develop these wonderful individuals,” she said. New developments for the centre were discussed, including the development of laws to protect disabled persons, a new facility, acquiring a new bus and the growing recognition and acceptance from the community. 

Mrs. Mary Rodrigues, chief officer of the Ministry of Education, stated, “We are making important steps in the community for persons with disabilities; the Sunrise Centre is a beacon of hope for clients and an advocate for persons with disabilities. The centre provides programmes to support personal development, and we at the ministry are proud to be a part of each individual’s success.”  

The evening was brought to a close as Ms Roberta Gordon (former director of the Centre for 21 years) was recognised for the many achievements and milestones the centre reached under her leadership.  

When Ms Gordon took to the podium she received a standing ovation as each of her past students expressed their gratitude and appreciation for her dedication and work at the centre. Ms Gordon expressed her continued commitment to the centre and her excitement to watch it grow in the future.  

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Mrs. Shari Smith, director of the Sunrise Centre, Ms Roberta Gordon and Covington “Covy” Ebanks, receiving his award of longstanding commitment to the Sunrise Centre for 25 years. – Photo: Submitted

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