To recognise outstanding young Caymanians who are making a significant contribution to society and who, through their achievements and actions, serve as positive role models for the youth of Cayman. By elevating these young leaders and their messages, we aim to provide hope, inspiration and encouragement for Cayman’s young people.
What do you say when bestowed with such an honor? Many special people touch and assist in the development of who you are and I am grateful to have the most influential of those persons with me tonight. My mother, my father, my grandmother, my grandfather, and more recently my beautiful wife, thank you. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have selflessly made in order to give access to the tools for success.
This is not a competition but a celebration, I send out my congratulations to my fellow nominees and all of the unsung leaders of our community. I salute the YCLA for the upholding our young adults and for the projecting of positive rays of light which inspire the lifeblood of the future, our children. It would be remiss of me if I didn&339;t use this opportunity to challenge the influencers in this room as there will probably be no greater opportunity afforded to me.
We are at a cross roads, the islands that time forgot, followed the “Build it and they shall come” development playbook in the expectation that with one swooping stroke this strategy would right all the wrongs,…. and prosperity would be abundant for all, whilst functioning like a classical symphony. With cost of living, unemployment, serious crime, and illiteracy rates at all-time highs we are not akin to the financial centre ranking that we are quick to boast but more so to a destitute nation in the doldrums.
Be the change NOW! is a powerful phrase that means we all have collective responsibility through individual accountability and action in order to take back the figurative steering wheel. For any approach to be sustainable we must concentrate on our youth as they are the building blocks for the future Cayman. We must develop our individual strengths and use our greatest passions to exponentially increase our influence and play our role in making the Cayman Islands the best we can be. The diversity of positive threads of contributions will create the final canvass that we all envision for a world class Cayman Islands.
We need to be the change NOW! because that is the “how” in the charting of our way to a positive future. Martin Luther King Jr. stated “The time is always right to do what is right” and Abraham Lincoln stated “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today”. Imagine our legacy, if we create a society worse than how we found it. We would have exploited all available resources to our benefit and left a withered rose for future generations.
Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple, was fearless and had the courage to change the world in the face of all doubt; a precursor to his most game changing innovations was a commercial masterpiece that spoke not about a product but an ideology. It spoke about persons seen as misfits,… the trouble makers (the commercial flickered through images of Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Branson, Ghandi, Mohammed Ali and Einstein to name a few) and at the end it concluded with the truest statement I have heard to date … “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world;…. are the ones who actually do”, well I&339;m crazy enough to believe…. However the question that remains... Are you?
Thank You and God Bless