YCLA organizers prepare for 15th anniversary

Six new members have joined the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation’s board as the organization prepares for its 15th anniversary and the next round of choosing some of Cayman’s brightest young leaders. 

The foundation announced on Wednesday that this year’s awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. 

The theme of this year’s event is “A new Generation of Leaders.” 

Five of the six new members to join the honorary board of the YCLA and its board of directors are YCLA alumni, including former award recipients Collin Anglin (2010); Garth Arch (2012) and Jonathan Tibbetts (2006); and YCLA finalist Tasha Ebanks-Garcia (2002). The sixth new board member is Craig Smith, who is employed by PwC, a major sponsor. 

Roy McTaggart, chairman of the YCLA honorary board, in a statement announcing the date of the upcoming event and the new board members, said, “We are delighted to welcome these young leaders to the YCLA board, and thank them for their support and participation.  

“They will help us chart a way forward for the future, and bring new insight and additional support to the program. We also thank those Board members who have been with us for all these years and without whom we would not have come this far. All are very important to what the YCLA has achieved so far and to what we will do going forward.” 

A new foundation director has also been named – Chris Duggan, who was a finalist in the 2009 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards and member of the Young Caymanian Speakers Bureau. 

Jackie Hansen, founding director of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation, said, “Chris is part of the ‘New Generation of Leaders’ that we are proud to have on board. He will provide vital leadership and direction at the Foundation level as we work together to chart a path forward, develop our programs and deepen our relationships in the community.  

“We thank Chris and the new YCLA board members for agreeing to serve, and for believing in our youth. Thanks also to those who have served until now. You have made this a dynamic program, with an important role to play in our community.” 

The foundation also has a new coordinator, Tara Godfrey. 

Meanwhile, the 2014 YCLA recipient, Kadi Merren-Pentney, has been taking part in speaking engagements and appearances at school events and youth clubs, and has addressed more than 2,500 students.  

Last year’s YCLA finalists: Michael Lockwood, Lydia Warren, winner Kadi Merren-Pentney, Katrina Jurn and Chevala LaWanda Burke.