The Barbados Consulate in the Cayman Islands has chosen 21-year old Lloyd Barker as its Man of the Year.
Mr. Barker, the youngest of 13 nominees, is a law student at Carleton University, Canada. The young Caymanian was recognized for his community service, contribution to the arts, cultural activities, athletics and mentorship of other young people and his work with disabled students.
Juliette Gooding, honorary Consul, said: “In the past, we have honored persons in general, within the Barbadian community. But this year we extended that, primarily because we are inclusive and we live in a multicultural, multinational community. We also thought it important to focus on the contribution men are making to society as we feel that our young boys need role models that they can emulate.”
The award was given as part of a celebration in Cayman on Nov. 28 to mark the 48th anniversary of Barbados independence.
Delores Callender-Taylor, a Barbadian author and motivational speaker who lives in Canada, was the guest speaker; her topic was “Empowering Men.”
Education Minister Tara Rivers, and Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush brought greetings from the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Barker’s award was accepted by his mother on his behalf. He said being selected as Man of the Year is a humbling experience, and that he looks forward to taking advantage of his prize. He received an airline ticket to Barbados plus four nights accommodation, a rental car, a dive for two persons on the Atlantis Submarines, and a tour of the Barbados Concorde Experience.
Barbadian musician George Jones, first runner-up, was recognized for his contribution to the arts and cultural activities in the Cayman Islands and for his involvement in local charities. Hylton Grace, a Jamaican national, was second runner-up. He was honored for his community service, including parenting education training.