Accountants gala honors dozens of Caymanians

CIIPA donates $25,000 for mathematics early intervention program

Sascha Pierson, Sharon Pierson, CIIPA Pioneer Award honoree Dr. Linford Pierson and Betty Baraud - Photos: Maggie Jackson

Nearly 30 Caymanian accountants who have recently received either their bachelor’s or master’s degrees, or who have attained a professional qualification, were honored at the annual Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Saturday night.

The ninth annual awards dinner also honored one of Cayman’s first professionally designated accountants, former Speaker of the House Dr. Linford Pierson, with the pioneer award in accounting. Dr. Pierson is only the second person to receive that award from the institute.

CIIPA President Serge Berube, Deloitte partner; Chynae Samuels, new ACCA; Tasheika Gayle, new CPA; Diana Falconer, new ACCA; Alexander Hennings, new CPA; Odette Samson, CIIPA chair, membership engagement committee, Deloitte partner; and Education Minister Tara Rivers
CIIPA President Serge Berube, Deloitte partner; Chynae Samuels, new ACCA; Tasheika Gayle, new CPA; Diana Falconer, new ACCA; Alexander Hennings, new CPA; Odette Samson, CIIPA chair, membership engagement committee, Deloitte partner; and Education Minister Tara Rivers

The institute also presented a check for $25,000 to Education Minister Tara Rivers to help fund a mathematics early intervention program in the public schools for students who are struggling with the subject.

An estimated 350 people turned out for the awards dinner, one of the largest crowds the professional accountants group has seen since it started the gala in 2008.

Master's honorees Alexander Hennings, Danielle Borden, Mariah Tibbetts, Ashley Soto, Stephanie Hunter and Alexander Gordon
Master’s honorees Alexander Hennings, Danielle Borden, Mariah Tibbetts, Ashley Soto, Stephanie Hunter and Alexander Gordon
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