One week left for young leader nominations

| 08/11/2013

(CNS): The public have just one more week to nominate the person they think should be this year’s Young Caymanian Leader. The award programme, which recognizes successful Caymanians between the age of 20 and 35, is now in its fifteenth year. Anyone can nominate a young Caymanian, including parents, siblings, co-workers, fellow church members, friends or spouses, but the proposed names must reach the YCLA Foundation by next Friday 15 November. Nominees must demonstrate strong leadership qualities through their personal and professional accomplishments. 

“We rely entirelyon the community to nominate young Caymanians for the YCLA.  Everyone knows an outstanding leader that deserves recognition. The onus is on each individual to ensure that special person is nominated and therefore eligible for the Award,” said Nikki Callender of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation. “Well-rounded and dedicated leaders surround us every day and they are effective role models for our younger generation. The Foundation was created so that the public can identify and honour them with a nomination.”

Determining factors for selection will be character, professional achievements, community involvement and commitment to helping others.

Previous recipients include Olivaire Watler in 2000, Dax Foster in 2001, Sara Collins in 2002, Steve Blair in 2003, Cindy Scotland in 2004, Jonathan Tibbetts in 2006, Canover Watson in 2007, Stephen Ryan in 2008, Elroy Bryan in 2009, Collin Anglin in 2010, Natalie Urquhart in 2011, Garth Arch in 2012 and most recently Shomari Scott, who was awarded the YCLA in 2013.

The YCLA is decided by a board of 15 Cayman leaders, who were selected for participation based on their established positions in the community as well as their ability and willingness to serve as role models for the younger generation. The award will be presented during the annual gala evening awards at the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday 8 March and will be televised live on Cayman27.

Nomination forms are available on the Foundation’s website, by calling the Foundation on 516-1111 or emailing

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is such a pompous event who really cares. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is just a waste of time.  True leaders neither accept or seek recognition.  This is simply tribalism in disguise

    • I Am Not Papa Smurf says:

      I recall the angry arrogant behaviour of one previous winner at the dinner speaking before they handed the trophy to the next winner.  If that is a "leader" I am Papa Smurf.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are missing the point of it which is that young Caymanians need role models who can inspire them to achieve as well as contribute their talent to their community. With so many bad influences that is a very good thing.   

  3. Anonymous says:

    Apparently people don't find this interesting.

    Leadership, by the way, is not being able to put oneself in the position of the other.


  4. Knot S Smart says:

    I nominate myself.

    But I do admit that I am not so smart…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Has the youth worker young lady been nominated or does she not pass the nationality test?