• Kadi Merren-Pentney
    YCLA 2014 recipient


  • The YCLA
    2014 Finalists


  • Shomari
    Scott
    The 2013 Recipient


  • The YCLA
    2014 Finalists


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Kadi Merren-Pentney, YCLA 2014 recipient

Kadi Merren-Pentney, YCLA 2014 recipient, accepted her award with these remarks
Chevala Burke - YCLA CaymanNovember 1, 2014

"I am incredibly honoured to be here tonight along with four other worthy finalists. Chevala, Lydia, Michael and Katrina, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you all the past few weeks and I can confidently say that each of us is a leader and a winner. 

I’d like to thank the board of the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards for selecting me to be this year’s recipient.  I am truly humbled by this entire experience and I look forward to the year ahead. 
I want to thank God for blessing me with a wonderful and supportive family and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight without the support of my parents and my husband, Damian who literally help me on a daily basis. 

Thank you also to my friends and other family members who are here tonight, including those from Kiwanis and PwC, I really appreciate your support! 

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The YCLA 2014 finalsts at the November 1 event

YCLF 2014 Finalists

A graduate of Triple C High School, Kadi went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida, with a BA degree in Business Administration. She also holds a Masters degree in Accounting and Taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University. Kadi is a Certified Public Accountant employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and has been an Advisor for the company's Junior Achievement since 2008, serving as Lead Advisor from 2010-2013. She is the Immediate Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, where she served for two years and was honored with a Distinguished President Award. She is the chairperson for many fundraisers and projects within the club and for four years has been the Site Coordinator for Key Leader, a leadership training weekend for high school students. Kadi served as the Lieutenant Governor of the 5 Key Clubs in Cayman from 2003-2004 and is now a Co-Advisor to Triple C's Key Club. Kadi is also co-owner of Tea Time in Cayman and has been the driving force behind the "Join In Recycling” initiative in Cayman, a joint effort of Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs.

From left: Michael Ashley Lockwood; Lydia Warren; Kadi Merren Pentney; Dr. Katrina Jurn and Chevala Burke

YCLF Announces 2014 Finalists

Chevala Burke - YCLA CaymanGeorge Town, 5 September 2014 - The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation today announces the names of the five finalists who have been selected to participate in this year's YCLA Award.

The ceremony and Awards dinner will be held on Saturday, November 1, at the Ritz Carlton, where the finalists will be recognised and the winner revealed.

Celebrating its 14th Anniversary this year, the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards programme was conceived to identify, celebrate and honour outstanding young people in the community who make a difference through their actions, behaviour and leadership, and who serve as role models for the youth of Cayman.

Nominations are sollicited each year from members of the public and are open to any Caymanian between the ages of 20 and 35.  Any person can nominate another, including a family member, friend, or colleague. All candidates are subject to a rigourous screening and selection process by the YCLA nominations committee to narrow the field to the five young leaders who are the focus of the gala Awards ceremony.

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YCLF Unveils Date and Theme for YCLA 2014 Event

George Town, 29 July 2014 – The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation today announces that this year's YCLA event is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, November 1.

Shomari Scott - YCLA Cayman This will be the 14th annual celebration of the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards (YCLA), which recognise outstanding young leaders in the Cayman Islands who are positive role models for the younger generation.

The theme for this year's event was selected by a core committee of YCLA alumni who have enthusiastically come forward to assist with the current and future development of the YCLA and the Foundation. The theme is "Fan Into Flame: A New Generation of Leaders."

Roy McTaggart, Chairman of the YCLA Honorary Board, says, "We believe there is a spark of greatness, a hope and a passion, in each and every young person. That spark needs to be kindled, till it becomes a flame, and a positive way forward needs to be shown to the youth.

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A Message from Roy McTaggart, YCLA Chairman

Roy McTaggartWhen I was approached last year by the Foundation to enquire about my willingnes to take over the helm of the YCLA Board, I felt honoured and excited, but I also knew that I would have big shoes to fill. With the departure of David Foster, the YCLA Board's beloved past Chairman, whose memory is still very much with us today, the challenge was on to take the organisation to new heights. Believing strongly in the mission and purpose of the programme, I enthusiatically accepted the task.

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Young Caymanian Speakers Bureau is launched!          

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Leigh Anne Tuohy ~ Author
"The Blind Side"

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Mike Huckabee - YCLA Guest Speaker