45 receive Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

Program celebrates 60th anniversary

Chief Officer for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Dorine Whittaker presents John Gray High School student Daujaughn Murray with his Duke of Edinburgh's bronze award.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, 45 young people in Cayman received recognition last week for passing through the program.

Cayman Islands Cadet Chanutae Martinez receives her Duke of Edinburgh's silver award from Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Osbourne Bodden.
Cayman Islands Cadet Chanutae Martinez receives her Duke of Edinburgh’s silver award from Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Osbourne Bodden.

The global youth program, created by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in 1956, has requirements for community service, skills, physical activities and expeditions.

Thirty-five young people in Cayman received a bronze award and 10 received silver at the awards ceremony on Dec. 7. No one in Cayman won a gold award this year, which requires a residential component for extended volunteer work.

The awards, given out at the Family Life Centre, went to students at Cayman Prep, St. Ignatius and Grace Christian Academy schools, as well as members of the George Town and Savannah Girls’ Brigades, and the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.

Youth Minister Osbourne Bodden gave out the silver awards, while his chief officer, Dorine Whittaker, presented the bronze awards.

This year’s Young Caymanian Leadership Award recipient, Brianna Wilkerson, gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award arrived in Cayman in 1968, as a pilot program launched by the Girls’ Brigade. Since then, about 5,000 young people in Cayman have taken part in the program.

Worldwide last year, 119,892 awards were achieved, according to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website.

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