Church honors community leaders

The Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church has paid tribute to Anthony Scott of Scott’s Industries, Scott’s Equipment and Scott’s Marine; Robert Hamaty of Tortuga Rum Company; and Sophia Harris of law firm Solomon Harris, for contributions to the community.

The trio were honored at a ceremony on March 25 at John Gray High School.

According to a press release from organizers, “The awardees were chosen based on their long-standing affiliation to Cayman and their contributions to the community and specifically their notable charitable lifestyle.”

Anthony Scott

Mr. Scott is described in the release as having a passion for being “The Fix-it Man,” which led to his entrepreneurial path. These days, the Scott name is synonymous with “boats and yachts, and just about anything marine,” the release stated.

“Mr. Scott is a God-fearing man, honored for his service, and passion for mentorships. Through his business, he has demonstrated the benefits of diligent work and has mentored numerous individuals in the process,” the press release states.

Mr. Scott is also one of the founders of the Cayman Islands branch of the YMCA and has served for more than 20 years as part of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.

Robert Hamaty

Named 2001 Caribbean entrepreneur of the year, Mr. Hamaty is the founder and managing director of Tortuga Rum Company Ltd. He is also a commercial pilot and began his long-standing contribution to the Cayman Islands in 1978 when he joined Cayman Airways and later became a founding member of the Cayman Airways Pilots Association.

“Through his businesses and board representations in the tourism space, he has provided training opportunities, job placements and strategic direction on various initiatives on the island,” the church press release stated.

He and his family have made financial contributions to various youth organizations and have taken a leading role in promoting the Cayman Islands overseas, organizers said.

Sophia Harris

Ms. Harris, managing partner of Solomon Harris law firm, has served on numerous boards in the Cayman Islands, including Immigration and Cancer Society boards. She was the first woman to serve as chair of the Lions Club in the Cayman Islands.

A director of the Aall Foundation, a charitable trust, Ms. Harris has worked through this and other organizations to assist the Sunrise Adult Center, the Bridge Foundation’s Rehabilitation program and to provide reading material to Northward Prison, among many local contributions, the release notes.

Overseas, she has partnered with various individuals and organizations to build infrastructure, and to provide clean water, solar power and medications to underprivileged communities in African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria. She also works with communities in South America to support survivors of human slavery, the press release stated.

Premier Alden McLaughlin, who attended the ceremony, said the honorees had been inspirational in their service.

“It is our privilege to participate in this ceremony to acknowledge these individuals who have and continue to contribute to these beautiful islands,” he said.

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