The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has some new faces at its office.
Catherine Childs joins the team as the new education and outreach officer and Danielle Vernon is the new Development and marketing coordinator at the environmental and historic conservation organisation.
Ms Childs, who holds a master’s degree in environmental science, most recently worked for Sea Elements where she was the biologist on board the company’s mangrove boat tours.
She organised the first Earth Day festival in the Cayman Islands and created Island Offsets, a nonprofit business that allows people to offset their carbon footprint with local projects that will benefit the local community and ecosystems. She co-manages Cayman Sea Sense, a National Trust affiliate programme that helps educate the public and local restaurants about the importance of choosing sustainable seafood.
Ms Vernon graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. During her time at university, she was recipient of the Advertising Endowed Scholarship, an award given to 15 undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in the field of advertising based on results and overall attitude. Ms Vernon brings with her a wealth of marketing, advertising and event management experience from well known global brands spanning several countries, including Jamaica and Cayman.
“We are extremely excited to welcome such qualified and dynamic ladies to the trust team,” said Christina McTaggart Pineda, executive director. “We are pleased that we are now able to get back into the schools and continue impacting local students and the greater community through our dynamic education programme which will be led by Cathy. We also look forward to raising the Trust’s profile in the community and much needed funding with the help of Danielle’s fundraising and marketing expertise.”
The trust has not had an education officer for more than a year due to government and private funding cuts.
Any members of the public interested in donating to the Trust’s education programme fund or to get more information about the organisation, contact Ms McTaggart Pineda at [email protected]