Cayman Toastmaster Annick Jackman was awarded first place for her speech “They Walk Among Us” in the Caribbean Toastmasters District Speech competition in Haiti over the weekend.
Ms. Jackman was among eight competitors, from the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, Curacao, Haiti and Jamaica, who took part in the May 19 contest.
Her winning speech highlighted the fact that there are people we interact with daily who may be hiding emotional or physiological pain, and the importance of learning to be kind in our interactions with others.
It is the first time the Cayman Islands has won the competition.
Ms. Jackman now will move on to the next round of competition, which will be held in Chicago in August. There she will represent the entire Caribbean region to vie for a coveted spot in the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking.
The Cayman Islands also celebrated other awards for the 2016-2017 year during the District Conference in Haiti, including Division Leader of the Year which went to Ingrid B. Miller for her leadership of the clubs in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos, and also President Distinguished Area under Area Director Jusene Brown.
Three clubs were recognized for their membership accomplishments with Grand Cayman Toastmasters and Eminent Orators earning President Distinguished Clubs, which is the highest award granted to clubs.
Paul Persaud, area director for the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Toastmaster Clubs, said, “I am delighted with the high level of performance and success accomplished by all clubs over the past two years.”
He congratulated Ms. Jackman on her achievement, saying, ”I am confident Ms. Jackman will continue to make tremendous strides, as she brings home another first place win when she competes in the world championship round later this year.”