YCLA cancelled weeks after nominations

| 23/10/2019 | 45 Comments
Cayman News Service
YCLA award

(CNS): The Young Caymanian Leadership Award has been cancelled for 2019, according to a statement released by the organisers. Having issued a call for nominations last month and scheduled the annual awards gala for next month, they have now said they will be refocusing on “a rebirth” and the 2020 event. There was no clear reason offered in the statement why this year’s gala has been dropped or what happened to the nominations.

The statement reads: “Through careful evaluation, the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards Board made a conscious decision to take the best attributes over the last 20 years and refocus the efforts on a rebirth that will serve the younger generation’s needs, further providing a sustainable future for leadership development and recognition in the Cayman Islands by postponing this year’s YCLA Awards Gala to 2020.”

The organisers said that they are now conducting an anonymous survey to “understand the youth’s perspective on leadership” to redefine the criteria.

See the YCLA survey here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It will not be back in 2020, thankfully.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can past winners attend by video link from jail?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Was being used as a tool to advance certain persons personal interests in any event.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It was all bullshit and politics anyway.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good in theory, but it became a little “pageanty”. The whole nominate and parade (figuratively) around the island was a bit much. A lot of the nominees were nominees solely because they obtained a university degree and got a job.

    And “young” got stretched with past nominees like Canover, and Cindy Scotland (I’m older than both…but I wouldn’t have included them as part of Cayman’s “ youth”).

    Lots of other youth causes to support.

    • Anonymous says:

      The YCLA board membership needs to be reviewed together with how they select board members.

      • Anonymous says:

        Whole thing devalued by politically correct nomination of Canover.

        • Anonymous says:

          It was devalued even before then. Just look at the list of past nominees and winners. Canover was just the breaking point.

          • ct says:

            Celebrating youth is important in every country. Celebrating Caymanian youth is important in Cayman and should be supported. Revamp the criteria,make it transparent. Reward the recipients. There was a time when the awards included some stocks in cuc etc. Tangiable benefits help to raise the value and respect of the award. Nobel Prize winners and some pageant winners as well as many award recipients for community based awards receive tangiable benefits. Let’s continue to Celebrate the many positive young Caymanian Leaders. #supportcayman

        • Anonymous says:

          No fan of Canover but what was politically correct about awarding to him? He’s black?

  6. Anonymous says:

    this needs to discussed…cayman struggles to host yearly events:
    jazz fest
    pirates week..now pirates weekend
    how many more?

  7. Anonymous says:

    What happened, did they run out of American right-wing lunatics to invite as keynote speakers?

    Review the list of guests YCLA had speak at past events. It’s like roll call in the green room at Fox News. Bizarre.


  8. Anonymous says:

    If they want to want to “understand the youth’s perspective on leadership”, just talk to any of the hundreds of young people who have just been blocked by our leaders (Alden McKeeva Moses Julianna Dwayne Joey Roy David Austin Tara Barbara Eugene) to vote in the Referendum

  9. Anonymous says:

    Seems a lil odd to cancel but the truth will surface …. eventually ….

    • Anonymous says:

      If I had to guess, it might be because of corporate funding. It was one of those event where corporations were basically guilted into supporting it, at least by buying a table. But when some of the recipients and nominees started ending up in trouble, maybe corporations weren’t so willing to fork over the money for the cause. Just a guess, but I’ve heard at least one decision maker in a firm express something similar.

  10. Ironside says:

    Haha. Luckily for them the year ‘2020’ saves face, but if you were to look closer, it’s just something that sounds like a legitimate excuse to skip the 2019 show of leadership (or lack thereof).

    Like beauty pageants, this feeble event is starting to show cracks in its actual interest and consideration among the populi. It’s just not having an impact or contributes anything of tangible value and uplift to our society.

    It won’t be missed.

  11. Anonymous says:

    look at the winners of previous years.
    it needs more than a rebirth.

  12. Kim says:

    I was always surprised at how old the Young Caymanians were!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Should have been cancelled years ago.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Was stupid idea in the first place. We wonder how many Canover Watson’s have been “Crowned”?

    • Anonymous says:

      Geez destroyed this opportunity for future young Caymanians…still sporting that arrogant smirk Canover?

    • Anonymous says:

      I wouldn’t call it stupid, but it was a bit naïve. And while there were disappointments like Canover, a lot of talented and caring people were recognized through YCLA. But it was all a bit much.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Good, now they can abolish the ‘body-positive outgoing popular young woman’ and the ‘former Key Club Lieutenant Governor’ requirements. Maybe a young man has done something worthy of recognition in the past 10 years? Who knows? What a world.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ran out of candidates. Was always going to happen.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yawn…fix the damn dump!


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