The YCLA journey has been an inspiring one, and this past year has certainly been busy yet rewarding. I remember at one point being asked to speak as the YCLA recipient at the YCEA luncheon, while being invited to serve on the YMCA Board and participating in the YCSB launch. It has been difficult to keep all the Y's in line.
It has been a privilege to serve as the 2012 YCLA recipient. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foundation once again for this honour. During this year I transitioned jobs and I would like to express my gratitude to both National Concrete and Arch and Godfrey for the flexibility they have extended to me to fulfill the obligations that come with being the YCLA recipient and in particular, I want to thank my dad for his support. And most importantly I want to thank my sweet wife, Dana, for always being my main supporter.
As you know, tonight's theme is Be the Difference NOW. Some of you may be thinking, ‘when I stand up to be the difference, it must be for a moment of great importance or for that defining moment in our islands' history.' But, the true difference is not only made in those rare moments, in fact, it is made in the acts of our daily lives. Each day, we have the opportunity to be the difference in our thoughts, in our actions and in our example. I love the words of Albert Schweitzer, who said that “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”