Pharmacist donates $5k to museum

Donald McLean, pharmacist and owner of Health Care Pharmacy in Grand Harbour, has donated $5,000 to the Cayman Islands National Museum. 

The East End resident made the donation because he believes the history and preservation of Cayman’s rich culture is important. Growing up in East End, Mr. McLean vividly remembers men going to sea and women working hard to keep their kids in school and put food on the table. 

“When this offer came along to donate to the National Museum, I knew I wanted to do my part in keeping our heritage and memories alive,” he said. 

Museum Director Peggy Leshikar-Denton said the donations will be used exclusively for the ongoing care, conservation and curation of the museum’s collection. 

Alfonso Wright, the museum’s board chairman, thanked Mr. McLean for his contribution, adding that donations play a vital part in keeping Cayman’s history alive. 

In November the museum will begin a year of celebrations to mark its 25th anniversary, with exhibitions, events and publications. A commemorative stamp and silver coin will also be issued to mark the milestone. 

Alfonso Wright, left, receives the donation from Donald McLean, owner of Health Care Pharmacy. Also pictured are Museum Director Peggy Leshikar-Denton and Omar McLean.

Alfonso Wright, left, receives the donation from Donald McLean, owner of Health Care Pharmacy. Also pictured are Museum Director Peggy Leshikar-Denton and Omar McLean.
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  1. I think this was an exceptional good contribution gesture by Mr McLean.
    Suggestions: (1) The Museum however can do with much more added to their collection. Cayman Artifact and art collection, from Cayman locals, which should be solicited by the Museum Director and others in authority but this is not being done.
    Suggestions: (2) Mr. Wright, Mr. McLean and all others who really have the museum at heart need to ask government for a bigger place with more space to exhibit museum collections so that visitors and residents can see and enjoy.
    Suggestions: (3) On any given weekday, Weekends, or holidays; tourist and residents should be able to visit the Cayman Islands Museum and enjoy seeing all the artifacts, art and other local creations by Caymanians. Instead of cruise visitors complaining that they expected to see much more local art and artifacts.
    Suggestions: (4) The museum gift shop is too small and cluttered with 75% items from all over the world except Cayman…… Tourist complain that they have seen the same items in Bahamas, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica and Cayman only with different tags saying Cayman Islands. More locals should be involved in showcasing at the museum, after all its called "Cayman Museum"

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