Cayman Barbadians seek ‘Man of the Year’

The Barbadian community in the Cayman Islands is hosting a search for a “Man of the Year,” which aims to honor the winning nominee’s community service and contributions to Cayman.

“This is part of our annual celebration of Barbados independence, but we always host an event that allows us to raise funds for a local agency or individual,” said Juliette Gooding of the Barbados consulate. “This is part of our giving back to Cayman annual efforts. Although we do other fundraising or community service on an ongoing basis, we have the major project at independence anniversary.”

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 24.

The winner will be recognized at an awards dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at The Wharf restaurant on West Bay Road.

Guest speaker on the evening will be Delores Callender-Taylor, a Barbadian author and founder of Unleash Ministries in Canada. Her husband Tony Taylor will accompany her and will address the role of men in the communities, churches, homes and more.

According to the Barbadian Consul, the theme was chosen because of the “urgency of the restoration of the positive male influences in our society at large.”

The event also seeks to “honor unspoken heroes who are persons who give of their time in their neighborhood – simple things like helping a child with homework, spending time giving guidance to young persons, maybe knowing that a family is struggling to put food on the table; they may help in that area, as well as those who volunteer as big brothers to others or are involved in the church outreach programs, or who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the areas of technology, IT, engineering, medicine, arts and sports,” according to Ms. Gooding.

She said a review and selection committee would receive the nominations. That committee is separate from the Barbadian organizing committee and is made up of a mix of nationalities and backgrounds, “so I expect they will have some differing views, but this will be exciting and challenging for them as they have the non-enviable task of selecting the winners,” she said.

Any males over 18 who meet the criteria may be nominated.

Nominees are required to have made outstanding voluntary contributions in community service; significant contributions to cultural and social activities; contributions to education, religion, the arts, sports, medicine, engineering or technology; be a role model who inspires others to better serve their community and makes a difference in the lives of others.

Ms. Gooding said the Barbadian Consul is also asking businesses to sponsor some of the awards for the winners.

Nominations may be submitted to [email protected]

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