Staci Scott of Cayman Brac was named recipient of this year’s Young Caymanian Leadership Award at the annual gala at the Kimpton Seafire resort on Saturday night.
Ms. Scott, an audit manager in KPMG’s asset management practice, is a member of the company’s Scholarship Committee and acts as a mentor to young Caymanians within the firm. As a member of KPMG’s Corporate Citizenship Committee, she has organized Christmas donation drives and other projects within the Cayman community and is part of the committee subgroup focused on lifelong learning.
She received her award from last year’s YCLA recipient Faith Gealey on a stage that included a replica of an old Caymanian cottage, emblazoned with the theme of this year’s gala – “It Takes A Village.”
When emcee Chris Duggan, who is director of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation, asked the finalists who their “village” was, Ms. Scott replied that her teachers and her colleagues were among the people who made up the village that had helped her throughout her life. She added that she also considered all of Cayman Brac her village, saying that people on the Brac celebrated one another’s success. “I have been fortunate to have an entire island backing me my entire life,” she said.
Ms. Scott’s fellow finalists were probation officer Kacey Mobley, The Wick Candles & Scents owner Kimberley Conolly, World Gym owner Samuel Young and senior policy analyst and co-founder of the Anchors Christian Boys Club Wilbur Welcome.
The keynote speech at the event was delivered by author and motivational speaker Spencer West from the WE Organization. Mr. West, who lost both his legs below his pelvis at the age of 5, travels the world delivering a message that all things are possible, as he showed in June 2012 when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands.
The story of his climb, which he completed with his two best friends, is featured in a documentary called “Redefine Possible.” The trio raised enough funds to bring clean water to 12,500 people in East Africa.
“I wanted to make the world a better place,” he told the YCLA audience, “and it’s up to each and every one of us to exercise that ability and that responsibility to do so and I wanted to prove and, using myself as an example, based upon having a physical disability, if I can still do it, everybody else here has the same ability to do so, and it’s important for us to do that on a daily basis.”