Hundreds gathered in North Side on Tuesday to pay tribute to the district’s long-serving representative, the late Edna Moyle, as the local primary school was renamed in her honor.
Ms. Moyle, a former speaker of the House and a stalwart of the People’s Progressive Movement, died on the eve of the party’s election victory last year.
Her son Ed Chisholm led the tributes, challenging the community to make the school the best on all three islands.
He said, “This school held a special place in her heart. She knew here was where the children of North Side would receive the vital foundation they needed for their development.
“Our mother loved this district and was always proud of the youth, which is why my brothers and sisters and I feel such pride and gratitude in the renaming of the school. We put this challenge not just to the teachers and the students but to the entire community to get behind the school and make this the best on the three islands.”
Premier Alden McLaughlin, a host of Cabinet ministers, and North Side legislator Ezzard Miller were present to honor Ms. Moyle, who served the district of North Side for nearly 20 years.
A plaque was unveiled in the school’s entrance area along with a new sign. Ms. Moyle’s five children – Todd, Edward, Gillian, Rebecca and Sean – unveiled the sign, along with the premier.
Mr. McLaughlin said, “It is fitting that we rename North Side Primary School to honor a great woman who gave so much of herself to the betterment of the entire country of the Cayman Islands and her home district of North Side. I am blessed to have known her, worked with her, and to have been able to count her as a friend and adviser.”
He added, “She had a tremendous interest and concern for young people and students of this district, and anyone who has ever served as minister of education will know what a pain Edna could be to make sure that whatever was required for the students of her district was gotten for them.”
The evening featured traditional folk singing from the school’s choir and head girl Jesse Ebanks served as master of ceremonies.
Education Minister Tara Rivers also paid tribute to Ms. Moyle, who was credited with ensuring the North Side district got its own library, civic center, health center, police station and community park.
She also worked to set up netball and basketball courts and to see that the Old Man Bay playing field was completed. Ms. Moyle had a state funeral and the first ever lying-in-state at the Legislative Assembly following her death in May last year.