Kadi Merren-Pentney, YCLA 2014 recipient, accepted her award with these remarks

Kadi Merren-Pentney, YCLA 2014 recipient, accepted her award with these remarks
Chevala Burke - YCLA CaymanNovember 1, 2014

"I am incredibly honoured to be here tonight along with four other worthy finalists. Chevala, Lydia, Michael and Katrina, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you all the past few weeks and I can confidently say that each of us is a leader and a winner. 

I’d like to thank the board of the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards for selecting me to be this year’s recipient.  I am truly humbled by this entire experience and I look forward to the year ahead. 
I want to thank God for blessing me with a wonderful and supportive family and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight without the support of my parents and my husband, Damian who literally help me on a daily basis. 

Thank you also to my friends and other family members who are here tonight, including those from Kiwanis and PwC, I really appreciate your support! 

This year’s theme – "Fan Into Flame: A New Generation of Leaders" ­– really struck a chord with me.  As I coordinated Key Leader weekend for a group of 50 high school students two weeks ago, I realised that this was one way I’ve already put this theme into practice and now I’ll be looking for even more ways! 

I’m looking forward to this coming year as one of new challenges and new opportunities as my husband and I are expecting our first child in May next year. I stand committed to the YCLA vision and I am expectant in more ways than just motherhood. I’m expecting a busy, rewarding and exciting year ahead. 

Over and above that, thanks to each and every one of you who is here tonight.  During this coming year, don’t be surprised if I call on you in one way or another to help us “Fan Into Flame: A New Generation of Leaders”.

This theme actually came from a Biblical reference which you’ll find in 2nd Timothy chapter 1, verse 6, where Paul encourages his young friend Timothy “to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you...”
I would encourage everyone here tonight to do just that.  Find what you are good at and something that you believe in and make a difference.  This will start by making choices in your life that make this possible by choosing who you surround yourself with including where you decide to work. I would not be able to do all that I do without PwC’s support and flexibility and I am truly blessed and proud to work for such an incredible company. 

The finalists and I had dinner at the Governors House a few weeks ago and Her Excellency made an excellent point when she said that our message can be that you don’t have to be involved in everything, even if you’re good at just one thing, excel in it.  I truly believe that everyone does have a natural talent or gift, so I’m challenging you to find what yours is and use it. 

I’ll leave you with a quote that I often say to students which is, “Don’t let something that you can’t do get in the way of doing what you can do.” 
Thank you.