Young Caymanians recognised for leadership and commitment to community

On Saturday 10 November, Staci Scott was named the 2018/2019 Recipient of the Young Caymanian Leadership Award (YCLA). The YCLA celebrates young Caymanians, aged 18 – 35, who strive to lead by example and who strive to live their lives with a focus on community, family, work ethic and good stewardship.  

Speaking at the Gala Awards ceremony at the Kimpton Seafire, Ms. Scott shared what she felt made a leader – values that explain why Dart has been a longtime supporter of the YCLA initiative.

“When one thinks of what makes Cayman successful, three things really stand out. One – people who remain curious and are always willing to learn; two – people who are willing to share their time, knowledge and encouragement with others; and three – people who act with integrity in all that they do.”

Dart Enterprises VP of Business Development Chris Duggan is a director of the Young Caymanian Leadership Foundation (YCLF), a past YCLA finalist, and has served as the event’s emcee for the past four years. “It gives me an overwhelming sense of pride to share a passion for the development of Cayman’s young people with the company that I work for,” says Mr. Duggan.

“Each year, we marvel at the quality of the nominees and finalists for the YCLA.  If this quality is indicative of the overall talent possessed by our next generation of Caymanian leaders then we are certainly in good hands.”

The theme of this year’s gala, “It Takes a Village” is an adage that any Caymanian elder will mention if asked for advice. Ms. Scott, originally from Cayman Brac, saluted her small, tight-knit community for being a constant source of positive energy and support as she went about her academic and professional endeavours. Now a member of the prestigious YCLA cohort, Staci will spend the next year working alongside the YCLF to further her mission to encourage lifelong learning here in Cayman.

Ms. Scott was nominated alongside four outstanding Caymanians - Wilbur Welcome, Kacey Mobley, Samuel Young and Kimberley Connolly. Mr. Welcome was recognised for his dedication and commitment to young people at the William Pouchie Memorial United Church in East End, Ms. Mobley for her contributions to youth empowerment groups Let Me Live and Generation 4:12 and Mr. Young for his promotion of physical fitness in Cayman’s youth as the owner of World Gym Cayman. Ms. Connolly was saluted for her entrepreneurship and serving as an ambassador to Cayman through her candle company.

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