Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Loop Readers' Choices: educators and change makers of Cayman

Dr. Colleen Brown; Image Source: Facebook

Dr. Colleen Brown; Image Source: Facebook

The Loop team reached out to Caymanian readers to find out who YOUR national heroes are. What we learned in the process was that from teachers to philanthropists to volunteers and activists, this island does not have a shortage of residents seeking to make a better life for others.

Here are some of the acknowledgements.

Jennifer Grant-Mccarthy recognized “Mark and Cindy Scotland for the incredible service work they do behind the scenes for struggling Caymanians and Tara Neilson for her tireless volunteer leadership of Cayman’s Ark. Michael Myles for his continuous efforts to create safe places for kids to play and in education for creating a hands-on training centre for adults.”

Shirley Roulstone also recognized Tara Neilson at the Ark. “She has done SO VERY MUCH for many people in need. She is my hero,” she said.

Roulstone also praised Tanya Streeter as “another unsung hero! She holds so many records in freediving and has barely been recognized for her amazing accomplishments in what was once a man's world.”

Bobby Commins recognized “Carolina Ferreira for being a darkness to light facilitator and promoting education to help advocate for children; Marilyn Conolly for her work on promoting gender equality, human rights and also coordinating the Literacy is for Everyone programme; Rosie Whittaker-Myles for her involvement on the public life board, and her high ethical standards; Ruthanna Young for helping be a voice for the people and raising awareness on issues affecting people of Cayman;

Dr Alexandra Bodden for her involvement in BPW and initiatives to raise awareness for better mental health; Dr Colleen Brown for helping raise awareness regarding childhood trauma and mental health and her work with children both professionally, through the schools and Alex Panton Foundation.

Alanna Rose expressed her gratitude to “Richard Tressider and the generation of teachers that built this island.”

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