The Cayman Islands’ new governor has managed to hit nearly every district in the islands within her first week on the job, making good on a promise to learn about her new home as soon as possible.
“Trust is something that’s not a right, it’s something to be earned,” Governor Helen Kilpatrick said during a reception held in her honor at Pedro St. James in the district of Bodden Town. “I will work very, very hard to earn the trust of the people of the Cayman Islands.”
She also took in some local fish and conch dishes, in the beautiful, if rainy, backdrop of Pedro Friday night.
“It’s certainly been a bit of a contrast to my leaving reception at Home Office, which was held in a dark basement in London … where we enjoyed warm wine and what is called ‘nibbles’.”
The balance of the week for Ms Kilpatrick was spent touring various government facilities and meeting with key local government and private sector representatives.
The new governor took a familiarization tour of the government administration building in George Town on Monday during her first official day at work, where she was accompanied by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson.
The visit was largely a meet and greet with government ministers and staff and was followed Tuesday by Ms Kilpatrick’s first time chairing the Cayman Islands Cabinet.
Visits to the districts continued Wednesday afternoon in East End at the civic center and all day Thursday in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, where she stopped by the National Trust and the Aston Rutty Centre.
Another visit to North Side was planned later on Friday.