The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has announced that Christina McTaggart Pineda is the new general manager of the organisation.
Ms McTaggart Pineda has a wide ranging background, from being an entrepreneur to becoming a lawyer.
“I thought law school was something good to do, because I really wanted to make a difference,” Ms McTaggart Pineda said.
A graduate of the Cayman Islands Law School, Ms McTaggart Pineda had previously worked as a litigation associate at Campbells Attorneys-at-Law and is also a Duke of Edinburgh Award recipient and graduate of the Leadership Cayman programme.
According to Ms McTaggart Pineda, protecting the environment has always been one of her passions.
“I’ve always had nature and environmental things going on in the background. I was always rescuing little animals as a kid; that was always the love of my life,” she said.
Ms McTaggart Pineda said that she wanted to revitalise the Trust, especially in the light of 2012 marking the 25 year anniversary of the Trust.
“It has been a lifetime goal of mine to work for the National Trust and I am really looking forward to what is ahead for our silver anniversary year,” she said.
Two of her main aims for the year ahead are to expand the membership base of the Trust and also motivate members to become more involved as volunteers.
“We’re really going to make a push for people coming in to offset their carbon footprint by donating to the National Trust so we can continue our mission, as well as people that reside here now not just taking it for granted but realising that they also have a social responsibility to get involved and get on board,” she said.
She said she hoped that this would allow people to become stakeholders in Cayman, rather than just residents, as through their membership fees they will effectively be sponsoring a part of Cayman.
She also said she believes that the most has not been made of the skills volunteers posses.
“What I’m trying to do is design a volunteer form that we can get to know the volunteers personally, get to know what they like and what their strengths are and put them in things they would like to do. I think that’s how you retain volunteers,” she said.
The organisation has also appointed Basia Pioro McGuire as the new development and marketing officer. Ms McGuire is a communications and advocacy professional specialising in the green sector.
“We have a great team in place and we hope this year we will succeed in making a lot of progress in terms of our objectives, among them increasing awareness about the Trust’s work,” Ms McGuire said.
Carla Reid, the Trust Council chairperson, welcomed the two new additions to the Trust.
“These two experienced professionals bring fresh perspectives to our dedicated and hard working team and we are very pleased to welcome them,” she said.
The year marks the 25th anniversary for the organisation, whose staff and dedicated volunteers work to preserve Cayman’s natural and built heritage through projects such as the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, the Mission House, and the National Trust Land Reserve Fund, which the Trust is promoting.
Ms McTaggart Pineda encourages those who are interested in its activities to contact the Trust to find out how they may get involved.
“It’s going to be a great year and we hope Cayman will join in celebrating our 25th anniversary with us,” she said.