The Jamaican Consulate has recognized Danielle Ashley Boothe and Aldington “Banny” Stephenson for their contributions to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The two were acknowledged for being outstanding Jamaican nationals, not only in Jamaican communities, but in Cayman as well, during Jamaica’s 52nd anniversary of independence church service at St. George’s Anglican Church in Court’s Road on Sunday.
“We are trying to make the awards a part of Jamaica’s National Independence Day celebrations here in Cayman where we recognize those individuals who have made a difference, not only in Jamaica but Cayman,” said Elaine Harris, honorary vice counsel at the Jamaican Consulate in Cayman.
Jamaica’s Independence Day is Aug. 6, but celebrations were held locally on Friday and over the weekend.
Ms. Boothe, 18, born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, was acknowledged for her swimming achievements in Cayman and Jamaica.
When she was 7, her family relocated to the Cayman Islands after her father, Dr. Nigel Boothe, was offered a position at the Health Services Authority.
Ms. Boothe became a member of the Stingray Swim Club and before long competed in her first international swim meet. Her belief is, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
She has earned numerous swimming trophies and medals in Jamaica and Cayman.
She represented Jamaica in swimming competitions in Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados and Australia and for the Cayman swim club in the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. Recently, she won the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship 15-17 high points award in Barbados.
Ms. Boothe not only shines in the pool, but at St. Ignatius High School as well. During her school years, she was deputy head girl for liturgy and service, a member of the school choir and concert band, a recipient of St. Ignatius sixth form award, house captain, student council president, Key Club officer, Girls of Grace chairperson, school drama productions and academic honor roll student. She plays the flute and achieved the grade 5 Trinity Guildhall accreditation.
She will be attending Liberty University in Virginia this month to study Biomedical Science.
Aldington Stephenson, 56, was born in Linstead, St. Catherine.
For the past nine years he has developed cultural activities surrounding the Jamaican Independence celebration in Cayman, which is held in association with Roma United Sports Club under the auspices of the Jamaican Consulate.
In Jamaica, he started the “People United for Self Help” youth club in 1974. In 1976, with others, he formed the North St. Catherine Sport Association. In the parish of St. Catherine he was recognized for his contribution to youth and community development. He also received an award from Alcan Jamaica Ltd. for contribution to sports in North St. Catherine.
In 2001 he started the Ewarton Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting local projects and recognizing outstanding citizens in his community.
Arriving in Cayman in 1999, Mr. Stephenson was offered a job with Hampstead Ltd. He met Ann, his future wife, and together they have a daughter, Renee.
He is a founding member of the Roma Sports Club in Cayman which provides an outlet for youth sports. He is a qualified referee and coach, and also works as a volunteer broadcaster at the International College of the Cayman Islands. He has also worked at Vibe radio station.
Mr. Stephenson currently works with LIME as a business account manager and is a member of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.