Garth Arch was named the recipient of the 2012 Young Caymanian Leadership Award.
“It’s a tremendous honour. I feel humbled to receive the award,” said Arch, shortly after accepting the award during the 12 May ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
“I want to use YCLA as a platform to reach out to as many of the young people in this country as I can,” he said.
The keynote speaker for Saturday’s gala was interior designer Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the movie “The Blind Side”, about the Tuohy family and adopted son Michael Oher, who now plays professional football for the Baltimore Ravens. Tuohy was a member of the design team for the 2010-2011 season of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Edition.
“All we did was offer him hope and love and opportunity, and we changed his life. And these young people also offer hope and love and opportunity,” Tuohy said, referring to the award nominees.
The theme of this year’s awards ceremony was “Lead by Example”.
Florida state Rep. Jeff Brandes introduced a video presentation on the life of his grandfather, legendary Caymanian entrepreneur Linton Tibbetts. Also addressing the hundreds of people in attendance at the gala was KPMG Managing Partner Roy McTaggart, who is the new chairman of the Young Caymanian Leadership Foundation’s honorary board.
Before the award was presented, McTaggart wished all the nominees the best of luck. “You are all winners in our eyes,” he said.
McTaggart announced the creation of the YCLA Alumni Speakers Bureau, comprising past recipients and nominees. They will be available to speak at functions and events for schools and other organisations.
Arch is the general manager of National Concrete and founder of Arch Engineering. He will follow in his father’s footsteps as managing director of Arch and Godfrey.
Arch is chairman 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, and a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise and First Baptist Church.
He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and is working toward a doctorate.
Arch said he and last year’s recipient Natalie Urquhart, executive director of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, both represent fields outside of financial services and law, which are considered the two main pillars of the Cayman Islands economy. Just as Urquhart incorporated her fine arts perspective into her message of creativity in the learning environment, Arch will tailor his message to students to urge them to consider studies in science, technology and engineering, in addition to the other traditional type of industries.
One idea Arch would like to get across to students is “the importance of building character at a young age as a foundation for success throughout life,” he said.
In addition to Arch, the other nominees were Dara Flowers Burke, Casandra Morris, Orchid Morrison and Samantha Widmer.
Meanwhile, Burke is marketing and communications manager of the Flowers Group, where she serves on the board of directors.
Burke is also a director on the board of the Cayman Turtle Farm, a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and coordinator of the Flowers Sea Swim.
She has a bachelor’s degree in writing for cinema and television and recently completed a graduate diploma in law.
Morris is e-business and research manager at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and also owns From Small Beginnings Ltd. (Diamond Events Management Group and Diamond Car Wash).
She has formerly held leadership positions for Pirates Week, Digicel Group in Cayman, the Turtle Farm and Cayman Islands Tourism Association. She is youth leader in her church and chair of Youth Leaders National Executive.
She has a bachelor’s degree in international hotel and tourism and a master’s degree in marketing with e-commerce.
Morrison is an attorney with HSBC in Bermuda. Until recently, she was an attorney with Appleby in Cayman.
She has been active with the Legal Befrienders programme, Chamber of Commerce Junior Achievement Programme, and Council for the Church of God. She was chair of the United World Colleges Foundation in Cayman. She also is an accomplished artist.
She has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics and a postgraduate law diploma. She is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners.
Widmer is property management accountant for Dart Enterprises.
She is involved with Caring for Life and Cayman Hospice Care. She was a Division 1 NCAA golfer in college, and has represented Cayman in more than 25 countries as a golfer.
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
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 Urquhart in 2011.