People asked to nominate for local hero awards

| 10/09/2012

Nominate (272x300).jpg(CNS): Government is inviting the public to submit nominations for next year’s National Heroes Day for people involved in promoting the development of the community’s youngest members. The theme for the January 2013 celebration is ‘Youth Services’ and for the first time, residents will have an opportunity to nominate their hero to be recognised with a special award. With categories ranging from Early Pioneers to Long Service and Emerging Pioneers, the organising committee aims to recognise recipients who have made a significant contribution to the growth and delivery of youth services throughout the Cayman Islands.

The minister responsible for youth urged local residents to take advantage of the opportunity to express their appreciation for youth workers.

“The introduction of a nomination process is intended to encourage you to be part of this national celebration,” Mark Scotland told the country, Monday. “It also enlists your assistance in ensuring that the Ministry adequately captures those who deserve to be recognised for their continued contribution to our community…. Celebrating our heroes cannot be left to Government alone. It is the collective efforts of the people that boost national pride, which, in turn, elevates our country’s presence among our neighbours and the rest of the world.”

The nomination period runs from September 10, through October 10. Names may be put forward to nominate those individuals who cater to the development, growth and empowerment
of young people between the ages of 10 and 25.

As was the case last year government officials also revealed that the Heroes Day Awards will run alongside the Premier’s Awards, which will be launched by his office shortly and will have a separate nomination process.

Heroes Day is scheduled to be held on Monday, 28 January 2013. Copies of the nomination form for the Heroes Day Awards for Youth Services are available online at and

For more information, or to submit your nominations, contact the NHD Committee for Youth Services at email 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Does this mean another $500,000 for a statue in their honour to be placed in the park?

    • Like It Is says:

      I think we should have a statue to celebrate the statue makers.

    • SSM345 says:

      Statues will follow for all MLA's in years to come.

      But more importantly, before all government business, they are holding an emergency session in the LA when Mac, JuJu and Foolio return as they just realised that they forgot to add "Hero" to their titles.

      Forever more we will now have to refer to them as "The Eternally Honorable Hero………"

  2. Anonymous says:

    Government is inviting…… no need to go any further folks. More pats on the backs for the boys, votebuying and the same old bullshit as ever.

    The real hereos will quietly carry on doing what they do while the wannabees nominate each other and throw huge parties to celebrate their heroics.

    Shaking ma head and thinking 'Only in Cayman'


  3. Anonymous says:

    I nominate myself for the 1/4 century of sh1t that I have had to put with from certain departments in the CIG.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Charles Ebanks! Today bobo

    • Anonymous says:

      Good choice. He showed extraordinary bravery in apprehending the armed robber, disarming him and holding him until the police arrived.

      Never mind the expat thumbs down. Their problem is that he is Caymanian. Had he been expat he would have had 150 thumbs up.    

      • Truthseeker says:

        Nice one – Someone disagrees with your position and you automatically assume they are expat and try to make this into an expat versus Caymanian issue! FYI, I gave the Charles proposer a "thumbs up" and you a "thumbs down".



  5. Truth Hurts says:

    A hero in my book is someone who puts themselves at risk to save someone else. Can't say I have seen too much of that occuring here? Perhaps amongst certain cops, or perhaps someone in the dive industry who put themselves at risk to save someone else, but will they really be nominated? Or even considered?

  6. Anonymous says:

    All those people who work tirelessly day in, day out, trying to justify to their clients and customers the huge cost of coming to Cayman on vacation or the huge costs using the financial services here, as compared to pretty much any other jurisdiction. These people tirelessly and silently try and keep Cayman relevant as a jurisdiction in the face of increasingly overwhelming odds. Eventually they will be unable to justify the cost any longer, and we will find that we have driven every tourist away, every client away from our shores. Until then, those heros who are trying to hold it together get my vote. You know who you are.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nick Pittman

  8. Translator says:

    "Hero" means something fundamentally different in Caymanian than English.  It must do.

  9. Anonymous says:

    A true hero would not accept any meanlingless award.  But my vote would go to the gasboy users who are STILL able to fill up their personal vehicles for free.  Yep that takes a lot of courage!

  10. Truthseeker says:

    I totally support providing positive feedback (Gold Stars) to exemplary employees in the Civil Service. Unfortunately, these self-motivated people are not the problem, and their recognition is not the solution. 

    We need a system that allows the public to provide "Black Stars" to public employees who publically chat on their cell phones or fellow employees. are rude to customers, disappear on lunch breaks, leaving the public waiting, abuse petty powers, etc. This is the area most in need of attention!

    The Civil Service is in need of reduction in size. Remove the worst offenders described above as a start!

  11. NeoSurvivor says:

    I will.   I will nominate local heroes.    I think the problem is that real heroes prefer to do their good works out of the spotlight, but I will nominate them anyway. 


    'Youth services.'   I know a few good people who have done their best to educate the next generation of the old ways — medicinal plants, fishing, coconut products, farming, and the values that we once held dear.    These are people that live and embrace simplicity.   I don't imagine that they will be lauded, thought, because they are not part of any official youth program. 


    Respect and congratulations for good works to those who are selected for recognition.