Class of 2010 passes leadership course

| 01/07/2010

(CNS): Following six months of a unique type of learning experience the first 28 people graduated from the inaugural Leadership Cayman class on Monday. Organised by the Chamber of Commerce the course focused on seminar based learning designed by the Leadership Planning Committee, chaired by Jeffrey Brandes (left). LC is a programme is an intensive, and interactive six-month experience examining local social, economic, business and political issues. The Chamber said that applications for the 2011 class are now being taken.

2010 Class members interacted with diverse, high-level community leaders and decision makers by organising and attending a series of seminars and retreats in areas ranging from business, government, education, media, social services, criminal justice, diversity, the arts and more. A trip to the Sister Islands also introduced the group to some of the unique issues facing Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
“What is particularly special about LC is the caliber of speakers made available to the group. From political leaders, CEOs and other community heads; participants are able to hear them speak openly and frankly about the many issues that are affecting us all, and question them afterwards about their own thoughts and views,” the LC organizers said.
The opportunity of such a broad spectrum of topics, speakers and experiences is very unique to the LCprogramme. One particularly special aspect is the Community Service Class Project. Each year, LC class members will select a local non-profit organisation from applications, and design a project to benefit that organisation. 
After the planning and fundraising, class members join together on ‘Project Day’ to create immediate and tangible results for their chosen charity. This year’s project was the repainting and ‘refresh’ of the Bonaventure Boys Home. The group painted the entire interior of the building, replaced one of their doors, and power washed the exterior of the building making everything cleaner, fresher and a much more inspiring environment for the young people living there.
Meeting typically every other Thursday of the month (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.), the LC group forged strong friendships during the journey
Each graduating class will be invited to join the LC Alumni Association and use it to network both here in the Cayman Islands and also with similar overseas programmes. This year’s class celebrated their graduation at Ristorante Pappagallo with family and friends. Each graduate was awarded a certificate and plaque that spoke to the significance of their accomplishment.
Garth A. Arch; Patricia Bell; Jarard Blake; Stuart T. Bostock; Jeffrey P. Brandes; Sandy Cram; Joanne Diaz-Berry; Chris Duggan; Jeana Ebanks; William P. Ebanks (Billy); Brenda L. Gadd; Simon Garnett; Shayne Howe; Philip Jackson; Ghislaine Lewis; Najah Lewis-Brown; Madhavi Mathura; Jim O’Neill, Christopher M. Orlandini; Gary Rankine; Wil Pineau; Sheridan Robinson; Natalie Urquart; Stacey M. Vandevelde; Lydia C. Warren; Brad Watts; Ben Webster and Melissa Wolfe. 
The LC committee members are   Adam Geldard, Stefan Duchene, Matthew Tibbetts, James Tibbetts, Paul Tibbetts, Norma Williams-Seymour, Melissa Wolfe, Andrew Gibb, Joanne Diaz-Berry and Wil Pineau.
For anyone interested in applying for the 2011 LC Programme contact Joanne Diaz-Berry on 949-8090 ext.123 or email More information can also be obtained from
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