Queen's birthday brings much-merited recognitions

In London and across the world, British subjects marked the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with parades, pageantry and awards ceremonies.

Saturday’s celebrations had a particular added significance for those in the Cayman Islands who received special honors and recognitions, including, most prominently, accountant Dan Scott (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), retired police officer Derek Haines (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and singer Rudy Myles (Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour).

Mr. Scott, who is managing partner of the Cayman office of accounting firm EY and chairman of the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Services Commission, was named as a recipient of the OBE designation in recognition of his contributions to Cayman’s financial services industry and the judicial system.

While Mr. Scott has done much for his beloved Cayman Islands over the years, in the view of this Editorial Board, one of the most significant contributions he has made comes in the form of the “EY report” on reducing the size and scope of Cayman’s public sector, which his firm created for the government at a price not only far below market value, but below what it cost to produce.

As we have opined in this space before, the EY report (dubbed “Project Future”) arrives at a watershed moment in Cayman’s history, “the time for our leaders to choose whether to follow the new course that has been charted for them, or to remain where we are and recede into global irrelevance.”

Since the unveiling of the EY report last September, our leaders have little to show in the way of results, but we still retain hope that our leaders will have the courage to enact the vision of Cayman’s future that Mr. Scott has presented to them.

Mr. Haines, who retired from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in 2006 after four decades in law enforcement, was named as recipient of the MBE award in recognition of his accomplishments in sports and community service.

This isn’t the first time Mr. Haines has been honored by Queen Elizabeth. As a police officer, he was awarded the Colonial Police Medal and the Queen’s Police Medal. His MBE award, though, comes on the heels of his successful 2014 fundraising campaign that brought in more than $1 million for Cayman HospiceCare. Last year, Mr. Haines (whom we dubbed Cayman’s million-dollar “Marathon Man”) ran six separate 26.2-mile races to raise money to build a new facility for the local nonprofit, whose mission is to provide end-of-life care, free of charge, to people who are dying. Not only did Mr. Haines’s remarkable accomplishment clear the way for HospiceCare to begin construction on a new facility – which will be on land donated by the Dart Group – but his campaign galvanized Cayman’s community in a positive way in support of a common cause.

Mr. Myles, who in the professional sphere is regional fraud manager for LIME, has performed before Queen Elizabeth herself, at the opening ceremonies for Cayman’s Legislative Assembly, at the inaugurations of governors and at many other events across the Caribbean and in the U.S.

Even our readers who might not recognize Mr. Myles by his appearance will surely know him by the sound of his voice. Mr. Myles’s most recent honor, the Certificate and Badge of Honour, has been awarded within the British Empire since 1928, for meritorious services to the community of an exceptional or outstanding nature. Mr. Myles’s contributions to the arts in Cayman certainly qualify.

Much applause is in order for these three men, as well as for everyone else who was recognized during Saturday’s ceremonies.
Congratulations, gentlemen.