Gala celebrates new generation of Caymanian accountants

The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants honored 11 newly qualified Caymanian accountants and five graduates with bachelor’s degrees in accounting at its seventh annual gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Saturday. 

Tara Rivers, minister for education, employment and gender affairs, congratulated the graduates from the University College of the Cayman Islands and the International College of the Cayman Islands. “It is with pride that I acknowledge your achievements as a testament to the ability, depth and level of education provided by our higher education facilities,” she said. 

She told the new accountants that the professional accounting designations “reveal your commitment to the pursuit of excellence, personally and professionally.” 

CISPA CEO Sheree Ebanks said she hoped that the accounting graduates will continue on their career paths and eventually become qualified accountants. The newly qualified accountants, she said, have all embarked on a rewarding journey as accountants continue to be in high demand.  

“We expect you to live and breathe the values of integrity, professional behavior, responsibility, objectivity, professional competence and due care,” Ms. Ebanks said. “I know that through your leadership and service to the profession, you will make an impact on your chosen career.” 

The graduates honored at Saturday evening’s ceremony were Jessica Thomas, who graduated from ICCI with a BSc in Business Administration (Accounting), and Katya Escobar, Brandon McLean, Sherrad Parsons and Jelleka Wellington, all of whom graduated from UCCI with BSc in Business Administration (Accounting). 

The professional qualification recipients were Kurt Bulgin, Latoya Cover, Robbie Cribb, Katie Euter, Samantha Hennings, Kenisha Lumsden, Cueme Parker, Phillip Pierson, Samantha Widmer, Brianna Wilkerson and Tiashia Williams. 

CISPA, with its 950 members, is the largest professional organization in Cayman.  

It regularly places volunteer members to help improve math skills in primary schools and financially supports government’s mathematics recovery program. At the event, CISPA presented Minister Rivers with a check for $25,000 to help train teachers and provide relevant materials in Cayman’s schools. 

Ms. Rivers said the mathematics recovery program is designed to help children struggling with mathematics. By the end of the year, the program will have trained about 60 teachers in mathematics recovery. 

She also thanked CISPA’s 48 volunteers who spend time in primary schools to help improve numeracy, working with the teachers during math lessons. “The schools really appreciate your contribution and the students love the help that they receive,” she said.  


The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants honored 16 new accountants and graduates at a gala evening held on Saturday. – PHOTOS: STEPHEN CLARKE


Education Minister Tara Rivers, left, and CISPA CEO Sheree Ebanks at the annual gala on Saturday.

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