A proud resident from birth of West Bay, Cora Grant-James plays an active part in district life.
Mrs. Grant-James’ work in her community in Grand Cayman begins at the John Gray Memorial Church in West Bay, which she attends.
During the Christmas season, she helps church organisers to distribute home cooked meals to the elderly and the less fortunate in the community. She also supports the annual West Bay Senior Citizen Christmas Party, which is attended by hundreds of older persons. For Mrs. Grant-James these are the two most rewarding occasions of the festive season.
In addition to her work in the community, Mrs. Grant-James also takes on roles with a more civic focus, a leading reason she has been honoured with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.
In 2012, she became vice chairwoman of the West Bay District Advisory Council, which was created under the new constitution. She is also a member of the Immigration Business Staffing Plan Board, and the Save the Mortgage Programme. Since its creation by government in 2011, this last initiative has been credited with helping some 200 Caymanians save their homes from foreclosure.
Also, in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, she was appointed to the West Bay Hurricane Recovery Committee, whose job it was to assess contractors’ estimates for property repairs and dispense government funds to carry out recovery work. In this role, she visited the homes of people whose homes had been the most badly damaged. She remains an active member of the West Bay Emergency Response Team, which played an important role in providing provisions and assistance to people in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.
A past member of the West Bay Heritage Committee, she is also a regular sponsor of the annual West Bay Wave Runner races. This, she says, is an outcome of her commitment to developing and supporting healthy, fun-filled activities for young people.
Mrs. Grant-James has been employed by RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Ltd., for more than 30 years and holds the position of manager of debt collections. During this time she has helped many Caymanians acquire homes and to establish small businesses. For her work, she has received the Life Time Achievement Award in Banking Services.
She is also actively involved in her employer’s community outreach programmes, including the RBC Children’s Cancer Fund Walk, which raises thousands of dollars locally to assist with the care and treatment of young people diagnosed with cancer; as well as the RBC sponsored Red Cross Golf Tournament and the National Spelling Bee.
Her extensive banking background has also led to her appointments as a director of the Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank, and later as director/deputy chairwoman of the Cayman Islands Development Bank.
Commenting that both her mother and brother have received the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour, she states: “This makes the award even more special and meaningful to me. I live my life by the Biblical principle, that ‘to whom much is given, much is required’, and if God does not bless me anymore than he already has, then I consider myself to have already been blessed enough.”