Arch beats out women nominees for 2012 YCLA

| 14/05/2012

Garth Arch.jpg(CNS): Currently General Manager of National Concrete, 36-year-old Garth Arch received the Young Cayman Leadership Award 2012 on Saturday. The only man nominated this year, Arch beat Dara Flowers Burke, Casandra Morris, Orchid Morrison and Samantha Widmer. Taking the title from the 2011 winner, Natalie Urquhart, he joins a growing list of Caymanians who have spent a year as a local role model inspiring young people. As the chair of the Children and Youth Services (CAYS) board,  Arch is already involved with troubled youth, and as the first a Honorary Consul of Spain in Cayman, he developed a new scholarship for young Caymanians to study in that country.

Later this year Arch plans to join the family business, where he will follow in his father’s footsteps as Managing Director of Arch and Godfrey.  Aside from CAYS, Arch is Chairman of the Trade and Business Licensing Board, Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Governor’s Award for Design and Construction Excellence, and immediate Past-President of the Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers (CASE).  He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise and a member of First Baptist Church, so adding this latest commitment to his list could make 2012 a busy year for the qualified civil engineer.

Arch received his award at the annual YCLA gala at the Ritz Carlton on Saturday evening “It’s a tremendous honour. I feel humbled to receive the award,” said Arch, as he received his award. “I want to use YCLA as a platform to reach out to as many of the young people in this country as I can.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    As a friend, you made me so proud.  Congrats, God Bless and keep up the good work Garth

  2. Anonymous says:

    Question? What do YCLA winners do for civic development in our country for the year they hold that title and why do they fade from prominence (outside their respective careers) after their term?

    Is there any true benefit to our society in general from this award? CNS can you examine all the past winners' continued contribution to Caymanian society after their 'reign'? I'm sure they  are all personally successful but what do they do to justify the "Leadership" in the moniker?

    I'm not discrediting any of them but seems like they are bestowed an honour that isn't perpetuated.

  3. sickntired says:

    Well deserved!!  Always been a good guy!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is there an age limit on this thing?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hope he runs…please please

    (ycla has only ever had 3 female winners …is there a male bias in judging?)

    • Anonymous says:

      Why assume bias? I don't think anyone thinks Garth was undeserving.

      The reality is that you have many more men in leadership roles than women.  

  6. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Garth! Well deserved!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Garth…you are the shining face of the young Cayman we all want. Continue to be an example and inspire your generation, AND PERHAPS SHAME SOME OF OUR LEADERS, who are setting such a disgusting precedent .

  8. Anonymous says:

    we need young smart individuals in office  like Mr Arch.. think you should consider Sir!

  9. Anon says:

    Congratulations to Garth. I can't recall meeting a more genuine, humble person than Garth. I've dealt with him professionally and know him personally. I've seen firsthand his community involvement and he is well deserving of this award. Well done Garth!

    I must also congratulate the other candidates. They should hold their heads high and be proud of their achievements.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Mr. Arch, so far one of the best recipients of this award which I have ever seen.  You are a humble, kind hearted intelligent and honest individual.  Well deserved Mr. Arch, all the best and God Bless you as you carry out your duties under this title. 

    YCLA Committee- thank you for bringing forth this award scheme which gives so much back to our beautiful and blessed Country. 

  11. For Caymanians says:

    Garth Arch deserved that He is an excellent young leader in the Islands.   All the other who did not make it are also excellent, but observing Garth, I would say he is a real Caymanian.

    Keep it up Garth.  You are one nice person.   Of course that came from your family background.  Thank you to the parents of this young man for such a nice son.

    • Anonymous says:

      what makes him a "real" Caymanian?

      • Knot S Smart says:

        He is not a Non Caymanian.  Non Cayman – Therefore he is a real Caymanian , Real Caymanian…Get it?

      • Absurdistani says:

        A "real" Caymanian means more than just having a passport or naturalization paper. It encompasses one's demeanor, values, ideals, contributions, history with and love for our society. Garth embodies all these things making him a solid choice for this year's YCLA award.

        • Anonymous says:

          Therefore all the other candidates are "real" Caymanians as well!!!!!! or are you insinuating that they are somehow "fake"?

          I cannot stand this divisive NONSENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Anonymous says:

            No one said the other candidates were not "real Caymanians". Get over yourself.