Accounting society welcomes new colleagues with gala affair

The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants welcomed seven newly qualified colleagues at a gala affair Saturday night. 

Among the new accountants introduced at the event were Catherine Anderson-Bond, Rachael Brendel, Brian Ogilvie, Cueme Parker, Staci Scott, Suzanne Scott and Kerisha Simpson. 

Also honored at the society’s sixth annual gala were nine graduates from International College of the Cayman Islands and University College of the Cayman Islands who had earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration (accounting): Tania Bodden, Vanessa Conolly, Shirley Grant, Kishna Green, Najah Lewis-Brown, Carlene Scott, Ken Tibbetts, Larry Tibbetts and Lastenia Tibbetts. 

Pinnacle Media’s own Vicki Wheaton emceed the event, which featured speeches from Minister of Education Tara Rivers and Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who traced the arc of her career from an early interest in math and sciences, to studying philosophy, to signing up for London’s civil service as an accounting trainee, to joining the United Kingdom Home Office and finally becoming the first Cayman governor to hold a professional certification in accountancy. 

CISPA president Graeme Sunley, who is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, presented Ms Rivers with a donation of $30,000 for the education ministry’s numeracy strategy program, which helps prepare teachers in local primary schools. 

Joking that the “conservative” society nixed his idea to give the donation in the form of an oversized, Publisher’s Clearinghouse-style check, Mr. Sunley said nevertheless the $30,00 donation was certainly the largest little check the society had ever written. 


Governor Helen Kilpatrick receives a gift from CISPA president Graeme Sunley. – PHOTO: DAVID R. LEGGE


CISPA president Graeme Sunley, far left, and CISPA representative Jennifer Collins, far right, welcome new colleagues, from left, Kerisha Simpson, Suzanne Scott, Staci Scott, Brian Ogilvie, Rachael Brendel and Catherine Anderson-Bond. – PHOTO: DAVID R. LEGGE

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