Marathon man Derek Haines and financial services industry leader Dan Scott were recognized for their contributions to the Cayman Islands in the Queen’s Birthday honors list, announced in a ceremony over the weekend.
Mr. Haines, a retired policeman and now head of security at Dart Enterprises, raised more than $1 million for a new hospice by running six marathons last year. He was named as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Mr. Scott, managing partner at Ernst & Young accountancy firm and chairman of the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Services Commission, was named as a recipient of the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Musician Rudy Myles was named as the recipient of the Certificate and Badge of Honour, which is awarded locally by the governor.
The honorees were announced on Saturday as George Town was transformed into a site of pomp and ceremony for the Queen’s annual Birthday Parade. Mr. Haines, the longtime president of the Cayman Islands Rugby Club, said he was proud to have helped develop the sport over 20 years on the island.
But his greatest achievement came in 2014, when he ran marathons in Paris, London, San Francisco, Pamplona and Dublin before completing his amazing six-marathon challenge in the Cayman Islands in December.
The money raised was donated to Cayman HospiceCare, which will break ground on a new facility next year.
Mr. Haines said over the weekend that he was honored to be named as MBE.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years in running and in rugby. This award belongs to the community as a whole, although I will have the privilege of wearing it.”
Mr. Scott, who began his career at Ernst & Young as an intern and rose to be managing partner, was recognized for three decades of service in the Cayman Islands to financial services and the judiciary.
He remembers his initial duties included filing and taking out the mail. Now he heads EY’s financial services office for the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
“This was a total surprise but a pleasant one,” he said, following the announcement on Saturday. Mr. Scott, who attended the former Cayman Brac High School, said he got his principles and work ethic from his mother and his father, Layman Scott, the former principal of the school which now carries his name.
Mr. Myles, whose voice has graced numerous events around the Cayman Islands from government functions and international conferences to weddings and funerals, was recognized for his contribution to the arts.
Some of the high-profile functions which have featured his talents include a royal visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, opening ceremonies for the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, the inauguration ceremonies of local governors, and at many Queen’s Birthday Parade ceremonies.
Also during Saturday’s ceremony, Leonard Hew, a founding member of the Lions Club in Cayman who was recognized in the Queen’s birthday honors list last year, received his British Empire Medal.