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Mourant Ozannes 

The Mourant Ozannes biennial scholarship which is open to students either about to start, or who have started, a Bachelor of Law degree at either the Cayman Islands Law School or abroad, has been awarded this year to Ruth-Beth Jackson.  

She completed her A levels at Cayman Prep and High School after receiving her High School Diploma with Honours from John Gray High School. Ms Jackson commenced her Bachelor of Law degree at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom in the autumn of 2012. 

“We are very pleased to be able to provide financial assistance towards the cost of Ms. Jackson’s studies and we are in no doubt that she will work hard and do very well as she works towards the attainment of her university degree,” said Mourant Ozannes partner Julian Fletcher.  

All Mourant Ozannes scholarship recipients work with the firm for a minimum of four weeks during the summer holidays. Upon completion of their legal degrees, and attainment of satisfactory grades, recipients may be offered the opportunity to pursue Articles of Clerkship with the firm. 

Cayman Finance  

Cayman Finance is sponsoring the 2013 Chamber of Commerce’s Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo. Now in its 15th year, the Expo takes place on 8 February, 2013 at the University College of the Cayman Islands. 

“It’s important for visitors to learn more about our industry and that many of Cayman Finance’s member organisations offer non-accounting based roles such as marketing, human resources and IT, as well as the more traditional legal and accountancy positions,” said Richard Coles, chair of Cayman Finance. “We understand the importance of ensuring students get the face-to-face time needed to prepare for job searching, future interviews and employment readiness. If our support of this event can help even one person make a meaningful decision regarding a career choice or move, then our participation in the Expo will be all that more meaningful.” 

As at the 2012 event, the Cayman Finance booth will be an interactive experience, presenting facts on and career opportunities in the Cayman financial services industry. Visitors to the booth will have a chance to win an iPad mini by completing a trivia quiz, based on what they have learned. 

“We are pleased to welcome Cayman Finance as a major sponsor of the Chamber’s Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo again this year”, remarked Wil Pineau, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Workforce development initiatives are a priority for the Chamber of Commerce and the Develop Talent driver group for the Future of Cayman economic development initiative. There is alignment between our organisation and Cayman Finance in our commitment to help our members to attract the best local talent into their organisations.” 

The Expo will take place in the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at UCCI from 8 am to 7 pm on Friday, 8 February, 2013.  

 

CIBC FirstCaribbean  

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has donated funds to Cayman HospiceCare, supporting its annual Community Christmas Card outreach and sponsoring Light up a Life, a Ceremony of Remembrance. 

Cayman HospiceCare hopes to attract more than 200 participants annually to its Community Christmas Card charity campaign, in which companies and individuals offer holiday greetings to the community as part of an enormous HospiceCare greeting card. 

Corporate sponsors can book their full-colour logo as part of the card, joining families and individuals to send Christmas wishes across the Cayman Islands. HospiceCare’s “Giant Card” not only saves the time and expense of sending individual greetings, but also reaches everyone in the three islands simultaneously. 

“We are both pleased and gratified to offer the Cayman HospiceCare the kind of support the organisation not only deserves, but has so richly earned through the years,” said Mark I. McIntyre, Managing Director – CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. “Hospice Care’s service and dedication to the Cayman community, and especially to the elderly and infirm, has been exceptional. It is a pleasure to be part of it.” 

HospiceCare Administrator and Fundraising Manager Jennifer Grant-McCarthy said the contribution from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank was a terrific boost to Cayman HospiceCare’s holiday fundraising initiatives. 

“CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s donation is enormously appreciated, and as always, we thank them for their donation. As the economy remains uncertain, knowing we have consistent and continued support from our business community keeps our work possible. Being able to continue to provide our free nursing services only remain feasible through the commitment of organisations like CIBC FirstCaribbean.” 

The Ceremony of Remembrance was staged at Camana Bay, offering individuals and families a chance to sponsor a light in memory of special loved ones: a person who has died or is far away during the festive season. 

Cayman HospiceCare seeks to raise sufficient funds to cover costs of more than CI$1,500 per day for its specialised palliative nursing services. As such, the holiday programmes are crucial to CHC’s financial goals. 

 

NKY  

Just before Christmas NKY Cayman Fashion Group has donated designer clothing worth several thousands of dollars to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. 

Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, executive director of the Crisis Centre, who collected the goods, said: “Christmas can be a very trying time for the clients of the Crisis Centre as although abuse rates tend to be higher around the holiday season, there is more pressure on women to stay at home. Having gifts such as these will make a monumental emotional impact on our clients, who often struggle with self-esteem issues,” she said. “Having beautiful clothing to wear will be such a treat for some of our clients, who often show up at the Centre with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This is a generous and very thoughtful donation.” 

The clothes are all designer labels, as sold in the NKY fashion boutique shops in Camana Bay, and range in sizes from 2 – 22, ensuring something for every body shape. 

Nicola de Lima, owner of NKY, was pleased to be able to offer the gifts. “I volunteered hundreds of hours at a women’s shelter in Canada before I moved to Cayman and the stories of the women that I met there have always stayed with me. For them to make a move to leave their homes can be extraordinarily difficult and I hope that this small token will make those who do elect to live a life free from violence feel a little bit better about themselves,” she said. 

 

For more information on how to donate to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, visit the new website at www.cicc.ky 

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