The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association has elected a West Bay sea captain as its new president.
Captain Owen Farrington, 81, was elected president, along with a new council board on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at a general meeting held that evening at the Seafarers Hall in Prospect.
He replaces outgoing president Ivan Farrington. Elected as vice president was John Douglas, Andrew Eden was elected secretary, and Ludivene Dilbert is now treasurer. Rosemary Anderson, Louis Ebanks, Cecile Merren, Ola Powery and Capt. Charles Ebanks were elected as members of the governing council.
The Seafarers Association is a nonprofit organization established for the benefit of the seamen of the Cayman Islands, their spouses and families.
New president Mr. Farrington, who has been involved with the association since its inception in January, 1994 when it had just 12 members, and had previously served as president from 2001-2013, said Tuesday night he was looking to move the organization forward with some positive changes.
He said he had heard some very negative things and he was hoping to change that.
“I have some good plans for the seafaring members, just give me some time,” he said.
“If you are asked to serve on a committee, think about it before just saying no,” he told members. He also underscored the importance of the free health benefits seafarers were receiving from government, and to do their best to assist in any way they could so the benefits would continue.
With the association now reaching 500 members and still growing, Mr. Farrington reminded members the Cayman economy was in a soft spot and they had to look at upholding the vision statement of looking after each other.
“Keep a check on your fellow seamen so they do not feel so alone, and let us fill that void if they do not have a family,” he said.
Outgoing president Ivan Farrington and members of the Seafarers Association congratulated Mr. Farrington on his new role.