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Golden Apple Awards Recipients receive $17,500

Recipients, sponsors and organisers of this year’s Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching gather for an official photo as the recipients receive their cash awards. Back Row (L-R): Chamber CEO Wil Pineau, Chamber Programmes and Events Manager, Joanne Diaz-Berry, Partner in Education representative CLICO Branch Manager Vera Kissoon, St. Ignatius High School Teacher Glen Whewell, Lighthouse School Teacher Elroy Bryan, St. Ignatius High School Teacher Jeremy Rice, Partner in Education Representative Walkers Community Liason Officer Alice Mae Coe, Chamber President James Tibbetts. Front Row (L-R): Principal of Prospect Primary Gloria Pollard-Bell, John Gray High School teacher Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, PACE High School teacher Joy Bromfield, St. Ignatius Catholic School teacher Michele Lee-Pack.


The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce and their Partners in Education, Cayman Free Press, Chevrolet, CLICO Cayman, Dart Cayman Islands and Walkers recently presented the recipients of the 2nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching with prizes valued at $17,500.


During the televised Awards Ceremony on June 20th each recipient was presented with a crystal and mahogany Honouree Award, the impressive gold and crystal Golden Apple Award, and a gift bag courtesy of the Department of Tourism. In addition, each recipient has received a cash prize valued at $2,500. Funding for these prizes were generously donated by Golden Apple Gift Sponsors Caledonian, Horizon 21, Scotiabank and the Water Authority,


“The Chamber realizes that educating the children in our community is not just a job it is a calling, one that these fine educators have answered, sparking excitement and love of learning in our children. It is clear that the success of our students and the quality of our schools relay on the skills of teachers such as these. It is indeed my pleasure to present each recipient with this cash prize. The remaining funds raised through this programme have been placed in a special account to begin a teacher scholarship programme. Within the next three years, with the continuing support of our Partners in Education and the wider community, our teachers will be able to apply for scholarships to enhance their teaching skills and knowledge” said Chamber President James Tibbetts.


The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching, is an annual awards programme organized by the Chamber of Commerce, for teachers and principals of the Cayman Islands. Beginning in 2007, the programme has maintained significant corporate support from the Chamber’s Partners in Education, Cayman Free Press, Chevrolet, CLICO Cayman, Dart Cayman Islands and Walkers. In 2008, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, sponsored by Maples and Calder, was introduced and presented to past East End School Principal and former Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Islay Conolly, MBE.


Nominations for the 2009 Golden Apple Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award will begin in November. The community is advised to keep informed about the nominations processes and dates through the media or by visiting www.caymanchamber.ky.




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