Time to nominate tourism heroes

| 02/09/2016
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Culture Councillor Roy McTaggart, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell and Culture Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn announce the opening of nominations for National Heroes Day

(CNS): The culture and tourism ministries this week officially launched the nomination period for pioneering and long-service individuals to be recognised at National Heroes Day 2017. The annual event, set for 23 January, will pay tribute to pioneers in tourism and honour individuals who have made significant contributions to the past and on-going development of the industry in the Cayman Islands. Nominations will be accepted until the end of the month.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Moses Kirkconnell urged the public to submit names, saying, “I strongly encourage everyone to get involved with this process, and fill out a nomination form for someone you think is worthy of this recognition.”

Culture Ministry Councillor Roy McTaggart, speaking on behalf of the minister and premier, Alden McLaughlin, at the 31 August press conference opening the nominations said, “We are proud to recognise those who have given themselves to make the Cayman Islands a better place, not only for those who call this country home, but for the people who come to enjoy our piece of paradise, and arrive and depart feeling and knowing the true meaning of Caymankind.”

He also announced new details regarding the nomination categories. “The recipients of the ‘Emerging Pioneer’ category will now receive a commemorative insignia along with their certificates at the ceremony next January,” McTaggart said. “This is a special memento that has previously only been given to the ‘Early Pioneer’ and ‘Pioneer’ categories.”

Culture Ministry Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn added that the National Heroes Day committee has decided to increase the quota for all three “Pioneer” categories to 75 honourees.

The other categories are Memorial Scroll and Long Service Award.

“I look forward to another successful nomination period as we prepare to honour the achievements, traditions and people of the Cayman Islands,” McTaggart said.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of this historic event. Nominate that person who you believe has truly made a difference, so they can get the credit they so rightfully deserve.”

Nomination forms are available at the reception desk of the Government Administration Building and online at the Culture Ministry website

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