Nominations open for Proud of Them awards

| 19/11/2018
CNS Local Life

Previous Proud of Them recipients and their families

(CNS Local Life): Nominations are being sought through 7 December from the public to recognise excellence among young people in the Cayman Islands for the Proud of Them award scheme. Young people from age 10-25 who are reaching new heights of achievement in academics, sports, their career, culture, business or community service can be nominated.

“We are pleased to announce the start of round 10 of Proud of Them,” said Minister of Youth Juliana O’Connor-Connolly in a press release. “This programme holds an unparalleled place as a means of recognising and applauding outstanding youth in the Cayman Islands.

“Too often we only hear about youth in a negative light. Proud of Them is a well-needed reminder that our community can take heart from the many hardworking and motivated youth that are outstanding role models for others. This twice-yearly platform recognises talent, dedication and achievement in several areas and we invite the public to help us highlight youth achievement by nominating candidates.”

Started in 2012 to highlight exceptional young people, the Proud of Them award also showcases young persons’ initiative and positive attitude. To date 108 young men and women have been recognised, stated the press release.

The Ministry of Youth is again partnering with the National Youth Commission to continue the programme.

“Our youth are our link to the future,” said NYC chair Reverend Donovan Myers. “As a community, we must invest in our future and to be staunch and enthusiastic supporters of our young people. Proud of Them recipients represent all the excellence we can be justifiably proud of now as well as draw from in future years. Their example will inspire many of their peers to redouble their efforts in achieving both long and short-term goals.”

The 12 successful awardees will be announced at a reception on Wednesday, 9 January 2019. Each recipient will receive a financial award and their photograph will be featured for six months on billboards across the Cayman Islands.

Nomination forms can be found online at For more information about the award, email or visit the Proud of Them Facebook page

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