TOP PHOTO: Brianna Wilkerson wins the 2016 Young Caymanian Leadership Award. – Photo: Maggie Jackson

The 2016 Young Caymanian Leadership Award went to George Town-native Brianna Wilkerson in recognition of her dedication to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and for mentoring college students.

Ms. Wilkerson works as a senior associate at PwC. She also has her own health coaching practice and health blog.

Receiving the award on stage Saturday night, she said, “To be chosen as the recipient is an honor and an opportunity that I will not take for granted.”

She said she got to know the other finalists over the past months and looks up to them. As leaders, she said, “I would want to follow them.”

Amid the pomp and pageantry of the annual Young Caymanian Leadership Awards gala Saturday night, the five finalists were kept in suspense until the end of the live-broadcast event in the new ballroom at the Kimpton Seafire Resort.

YCLA finalists Dr. Alexandra Bodden, Shena Ebanks, winner Brianna Wilkerson, Tedrick Green and Kristina Maxwell pose on stage with their awards Saturday night. - Photo: Maggie Jackson
YCLA finalists Dr. Alexandra Bodden, Shena Ebanks, winner Brianna Wilkerson, Tedrick Green and Kristina Maxwell pose on stage with their awards Saturday night. – Photo: Maggie Jackson

The finalists, Dr. Alexandra Bodden, Shena Ebanks, Dr. Kristina Maxwell, Tedrick Green and Ms. Wilkerson, spoke to the assembled black-tie crowd of the importance of education, mentorship and good role models for Cayman’s youth.

Dart’s Chris Duggan, himself a YCLA finalist from 2009, served as the master of ceremonies Saturday night and gave stark examples of why this mentorship is so needed for Cayman’s youth. The target age group for YCLA, he said, is 20 to 35. “Half of the population at Her Majesty’s Prisons Northward and Fairbanks are in that age target,” he said.

Cayman’s youth need role models he said, and “we need to identify and showcase these individuals.”

Robert O’Neill, a member of the U.S. special forces team responsible for killing Osama bin Laden, gives the keynote address on leadership.
Robert O’Neill, a member of the U.S. special forces team responsible for killing Osama bin Laden, gives the keynote address on leadership.

YCLA winner Ms. Wilkerson will tour the islands, speaking with students as groups and individually to help lead and inspire them to be successful, and broadening the reach of her mentorship as winners before her have done.

Robert O’Neill, a member of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team 6 who was involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden, gave the keynote address and spoke of his experience and how to be a good leader.

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