Date set for Excellence in Education award

| 12/05/2009

(CNS): The winner of the 2009 Joanna Clarke Excellence in Education Award (JCA) will be announced at an evening to honour the six finalists and their proposed initiatives/projects, which include Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium’s Youth Development Partnership Scheme; the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)’s Accessing Computer Aided Learning; the Cayman Islands Scout Association’s Cayman Islands Scout Band; John A. Cumber Primary School’s Improving Literacy and Numeracy Through The Arts; and John Gray High School for both BTEC First in Music Technology and the John Gray Surf Club. (Left: Joanna Clarke)

The winner will be granted up to CI$12,000 at the event, which will be held on Saturday, 30 May, at Ristorante Pappagallo, hosted by Cayman Islands-based business conglomerate, dms Organization Ltd. (dms). The JCA Evening will include a champagne reception, dinner and award presentation, as well as entertainment from local students from past JCA recipient schools, Savannah Primary School and John Gray High School.

In prior years, the JCA Evening was an exclusive, invite-only event. For 2009, it is open to the public to encourage all who champion education to join in paying tribute to Joanna Clarke, and celebrate the admirable efforts of the JCA finalists. Tickets are on sale for CI$125 per person, CI$1,150 per table (10), with proceeds going toward a new Joanna Clarke Scholarship Fund which will grant financial support to an aspiring or existing teacher looking to further his/her education.

President of dms Don Seymour commented, “This scholarship fund is an expansion to dms’ commitment to education. It was developed to nurture young adults who wish to pursue a degree in education or for teachers who wish to further expand on their careers. With their significant influence on young minds, dms believes that teachers play an important role in the future of Cayman, encouraging students to discover their potential.”

For further information on the Joanna Clarke Excellence in Education Award or Scholarship, to reserve tickets/tables, or to make a contribution, contact dms Marketing Coordinator Kim Fellman at 814-4279 or

dms Organization is a business conglomerate engaged in the financial services, real estate and media industries.

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