• Kellie McGee
    2015 YCLA Recipient

  • The 2015 Finalists

  • The 2015 Finalists

  • Introducing

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Photos from YCLA 2015 A Legacy of Leadership

Kellie McGee is 2015 YCLA Recipient

Kellie McGee is 2015 YCLA RecipientGeorge Town, October 18, 2015 – The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation announces that Kellie McGee, 27, of Savannah, has been named the YCLA 2015 recipient.

The Awards ceremony, held on October 17 and televised live on Cayman27,  marked the 15-year anniversary of the YCLA programme. During its 15-year history, the YCLA has recognised 75 outstanding young leaders who serve as role models for the youth of Cayman.

The full YCLA 2015 Awards show can be seen at  www.cayman27.com.ky/cayman27livestream

Chris Duggan of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation, was emcee for the evening. Guest speaker Debra Searle, MVO, MBE, told the fascinating story of her 90-day solo journey rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.  

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2015 YCLA Recipient Kellie McGee's Acceptance Speech

Good Evening Everyone,

I can’t even begin to describe how honoured I feel right now, and I wish I could tell you the number of times I started this speech and erased it, wrote it again, erased it and so on. It certainly isn’t easy to write a speech you have no idea whether you will give.  Finally, sitting in the hairdresser’s chair at 3pm this afternoon, I wrote this.

I wish to share with you all a very short story.

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YCLF Announces Finalists for YCLA 2015

George Town, 4 September, 2015 – The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation today announces the names of the five finalists for YCLA 2015. The YCLA Selection Committee revealed the names after a careful, in-depth review of the 39 nominations that were put forward this year by the community. 

Jonathan Tibbetts, Chairman of the Selection Committee, says, "We received a record number of nominations this year, more than in any prior year, making the task of the Committee more challenging than ever. It is so encouraging to discover such a large number of positive, inspiring young people who are eager to serve as role models for the next generation. Narrowing the field to five finalists was a difficult task, but we are now looking forward to introducing them to the broader community."

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Kadi Merren Pentney's outgoing remarks (2014 recipient)

Chevala Burke - YCLA Cayman Good evening everyone.  Wow, about a year ago, I was sitting right there with 4 amazing finalists, feeling a bit nervous and excited all at the same time. 

The past year has truly been life-changing for me, not only because I gave birth to our first born child, but because of the wonderful people I have met through YCLA, including the thousands of students I had the opportunity to meet and speak with, both in group settings and one-on-one. 

Cayman has so many children with HUGE potential and I look forward to seeing many of those I met this year grow and blossom to become the incredible citizens they are destined to be.  I thank God for granting me another year of life and blessing me so much throughout the past 12 months.

It has truly been an honour to be recognized as a Young Caymanian Leader.  As the 2014 recipient, it was indeed my privilege to speak with over 5,000 students in all three of our beloved Cayman Isles.

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Record Number of Nominations

YCLA Receives Record Number of Nominations for 15-Year Anniversary Award

image George Town, Grand Cayman, 20 August, 2015--The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation has received more nominations than ever before for its signature YCLA programme, which is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this October.

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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