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Deloitte recognised Kelsey Dixon as the firm’s Platinum Scholarship recipient for 2013. Deloitte awards scholarships each year on a competitive basis in an effort to support young Caymanians.  

Kelsey graduated from Cayman Prep and High School and then spent two years in Costa Rica at the United World College, where she successfully completed the International Baccalaureate programme. Following her graduation, Kelsey joined Deloitte in September 2012 on a 10-month internship in the information systems department. 

In September 2013, Kelsey will attend the University of British Columbia in Canada where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.  

“Deloitte is proud to award Kelsey the 2013 Platinum Scholarship,” said Jennifer Skinner, senior manager of Deloitte’s human resources department. “We received a number of applications from truly talented young Caymanians. However, Kelsey stood out due to her exceptional scholastic record and her commitment to volunteering in the community. Kelsey has demonstrated throughout her internship that she is a personable young individual with both the ambition and drive to succeed. We wish her luck as she gets ready for university and we look forward to her return to further develop her career with Deloitte.”  

Ms Dixon said she learned a lot during her one-year internship at Deloitte. 

“To have been awarded the 2013 Platinum Scholarship is the icing on the cake and I feel immensely privileged to continue to be a part of this team and I look forward to rejoining the Deloitte family when I complete my studies,” she said. 

The Platinum Scholarship is the highest level award that can be earned through Deloitte’s scholarship programme. It is a programme designed to support young Caymanians by providing them with the best education possible, as well as the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience in the field they intend to pursue.  

All Deloitte scholarship recipients are expected to take up a paid internship during the summer to gain work experience, thereby providing them with opportunities when they finish studying.  

Deloitte is additionally offering a six-week in-depth summer internship programme for young Caymanian students interested in learning more about the professional service industry. Several students are beginning in July.  




The third annual DMS Gives Back Garage Sale raised $3,500 for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. The event on 8 June was hosted by Kirk Market in the supermarket’s parking lot off Eastern Avenue. 

Funds were raised through the collection of a vendor registration fee of $25 in addition to a lottery of prizes, refreshments for sale and a DMS sale of electronics. DMS Organization matched the $1,750 raised for a total of $3,500.  

The humane society was also out selling thrift shop items and managed to bring in about $1,000 from their own sales, said Janette Fitzgerald, retail director of the Cayman Islands Humane Society.  

“We were overwhelmed by the community support and donation of goods dropped off to sell, both during and after the sale,” she said. These items will be sold in the society’s Thrift and Book Shop, which is operated by humane society volunteers.  

DMS volunteers added an additional element of fun to the morning’s activity with an “Adoption Lotto” where small numbered plush cats and dogs were available for sale for $5 each to raise additional money for the humane society. A plush animal’s number corresponded with a random prize and every toy was a winner ranging from lollipops to a three-night stay at Grandview Condos valued at $1,300, donated by Max Hillier and the team at Grandview.  




Law firm Harneys is sponsoring St. Ignatius School student Sydonie Barrett to attend the Global Young Leader Conference in China this summer. The leadership conference will take place from 16 to 25 July, in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai and brings together outstanding 15 to 18 year olds from more than 100 countries providing them with the opportunity to learn about diplomatic, social and economic history from some of the world’s top business leaders and academics.  

Sydonie was nominated as a global scholar representing the Cayman Islands by one of her teachers, who selected her on the basis of her excellent academic achievements, her strong leadership skills and her outstanding personality.  

Sydonie said she was looking forward to visiting the world’s fastest emerging economic superpower and witnessing with her own eyes the challenges of moving from a nation with an agrarian-based economy to one with a thriving economy. “I look forward to being able to meet and interact with the other participating students and business leaders. I am aware that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and am very grateful to those in the community who have offered to support this initiative.”  

Marco Martins, managing partner of Harneys Cayman, said, “the firm is committed to developing a comprehensive and high quality programme aimed at furthering the professional growth of young Caymanians. We are delighted to be able to support Sydonie in this endeavour.” 



CIBC FirstCaribbean  

CIBC FirstCaribbean has confirmed the Bahamas Prime Minister Perry G. Christie and several government ministers, senior public servants and corporate leaders from across the Caribbean will be speakers during the bank’s international infrastructure conference. 

“Public Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Development & Financing” is scheduled for 20 and 21 June in Nassau, Bahamas. 

About 150 Caribbean leaders and government and private sector officials, investors, representatives of the banking, engineering, legal and other sectors, have confirmed to attend. 

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is seeking to promote public and private sector cooperation, generate investment opportunities and increasing the availability of capital for infrastructure development with the event. 

During the past three years, the bank has arranged, co-arranged or participated in more than $2 billion in financing of Caribbean corporate entities and sovereigns. 



RBC Royal Bank  

RBC Royal Bank recently hosted Community Week and Blue Water Day. Clients were invited to vote for their favourite charitable organisations, and RBC rewarded the winning groups with a financial contribution.  

The Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services was the No. 1 voter choice and RBC presented $2,500 to the organisation. The bank additionally awarded $1,000 to the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association and $500 to Meals on Wheels. “We are pleased to recognise these organisations with grants to support their work in our community,” said Tracie Lee-Wah, area vice president of personal banking at RBC Cayman. “We also want to thank all of the clients who stopped by our banking centres to place their votes for these worthy causes.” 

RBC also donated $1,000 to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. The money will be used for the upkeep of the fresh-water pond at the back of the Mission House. The Mission House historic site is situated near a wetland, which is frequented by a variety of local wildlife. This grant was part of RBC’s Blue Water Project, a global initiative to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable fresh water, now and for future generations.  


Tracie Lee-Wah, area vice president of personal banking at RBC Cayman, presented a cheque to Danielle Vernon, d
evelopment and marketing coordinator. – Photo: Submitted


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