Young Caymanian Leadership Awards finalists

The Young Caymanian Leadership Awards programme has recognised youthful leaders in the community since 1999. This year’s awards show will take place Saturday, 12 May at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.  

 

This year’s five finalists are Garth Arch, Dara Flowers Burke, Casandra Morris, Orchid Morrison and Samantha Widmer. The annual awards show is televised live on Cayman 27. 

Previous recipients of the award are Olivaire Watler in 2000, Dax Foster in 2001, Sara Collins in 2002, Steve Blair in 2003, Cindy Scotland in 2004, Jonathan Tibbetts in 2006, Canover Watson in 2007, Stephen Ryan in 2008, Elroy Bryan in 2009, Collin Anglin in 2010 and Natalie Urquhart in 2011.  

 

Garth Arch 

Arch was born 20 April, 1976, in George Town. He graduated from John Gray High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is working toward a doctoral degree in structural engineering from the University of Miami. 

Arch is the general manager of National Concrete, and later this year he will take over his father’s position as managing director of Arch and Godfrey. He also founded Arch Engineering.  

Arch is chair of the Children and Youth Services Foundation Board, Trade and Business Licensing Board and Planning Committee for the Governor’s Award for Design and Construction Excellence. He is immediate Past-President of the Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers.  

Arch is the first appointed Honorary Consul of Spain in Cayman. He is assisting with the new Set For Life youth work skills programme in Windsor Park. He has also served as a Sunday school teacher at Elmslie Memorial Church. 

 

Dara Flowers Burke 

Burke was born 15 June, 1982, in Miami. She graduated from John Gray High School as class valedictorian. She has a bachelor’s degree in writing for cinema and television. She recently earned a graduate diploma in law from London-based BPP University College.  

Burke returned to Cayman in 2004 and joined the Flowers Group, where as marketing and communications manager she led the corporate rebrand of the Group. She later joined the company’s board of directors and is poised to take over as managing director in the future. 

Burke is director of the Cayman Turtle Farm board. She is a member of the new Judicial and Legal Services Commission and is coordinator of the Flowers Sea Swim. She also led the organisation of Penny Palfrey’s 67-mile swim from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman. 

She co-hosts television show “The Conversation” on Cayman 27. She occasionally co-hosts X107 morning radio show. Burke has also hosted the Miss Cayman Islands Pageant, the third annual campaign launch for the Estella-Scott Roberts Foundation. 

 

Casandra Morris 

Morris was born 9 May, 1980, in Cayman. She attended John Gray High School and later went to Albert College in Canada for her A levels. Morris has a bachelor’s degree in international hotel and tourism management from Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. She has a master’s degree in marketing with e-commerce from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.  

She is e-business and research manager at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and is owner of From Small Beginnings Ltd. (Diamond Events Management Group and Diamond Car Wash).  

Morris has formerly been director of the Cayman Islands National Festival, Pirates Week. She also was head of marketing for Digicel Group in Cayman, has been general manager of marketing for the Cayman Turtle Farm, and was assistant executive director and acting executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. 

Morris is a youth leader in her church and chair of the United Church Youth Leaders National Executive.  

 

Orchid Morrison 

Morrison was born 6 December, 1976. She attended Cayman Islands High School and holds an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Lester B. Pearson College in Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from the University of Kent (England) and a postgraduate degree from the Inns of Court School of Law (England). 

She is a qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners. Morrison was called to the Cayman bar in 2002. Until recently, she was an attorney at Appleby. In February, she was set to join HSBC in Bermuda as legal counsel. 

She has joined the Legal Befrienders programme associated with the Women’s Resource Centre. She has also been a member of the Church of God council and participated in the Chamber of Commerce Junior Achievement Programme. She has assisted on a pro bono basis with the legal establishment of several not-for-profit trusts. 

 

Samantha Widmer 

Widmer was born 18 February, 1987. She attended Cayman Prep and High School and graduated from Trinity College School in Ontario, Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Elon University in North Carolina, where she was a member of the golf team. She worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young in Cayman. In February, she was set to join Dart Enterprises as property management accountant. 

She was a member of the Cayman Islands Golf Association Governing Committee. She has been a member of the National Golf Team for the past 12 years. She was ranked first in the Caribbean in golf for both junior and amateur ladies in 2005-2007 and 2010. She won a bronze medal at the 2009 Island Games in Finland. As a golfer, she has represented Cayman in more than 25 countries. 

Widmer competed in the 2011 Miss Cayman Pageant and was the 2010 titleholder of Miss Earth Cayman Islands. Widmer is actively involved with “Caring for Life”. She also works to help Cayman Hospice Care. 

Widmer
is chair of the Cayman Islands United World Colleges Foundation. She
received the Cayman Islands Cultural Foundation Award in Art in 1992. 

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Ms Widmer

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