Kadi Merren Pentney's outgoing remarks

Good evening everyone.  Wow, about a year ago, I was sitting right there with 4 amazing finalists, feeling a bit nervous and excited all at the same time. 

Chevala Burke - YCLA Cayman The past year has truly been life-changing for me, not only because I gave birth to our first born child, but because of the wonderful people I have met through YCLA, including the thousands of students I had the opportunity to meet and speak with, both in group settings and one-on-one. 

Cayman has so many children with HUGE potential and I look forward to seeing many of those I met this year grow and blossom to become the incredible citizens they are destined to be.  I thank God for granting me another year of life and blessing me so much throughout the past 12 months.

It has truly been an honour to be recognized as a Young Caymanian Leader.  As the 2014 recipient, it was indeed my privilege to speak with over 5,000 students in all three of our beloved Cayman Isles.

Albert Einstein once said that only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.  I can honestly say that the more I give the more I feel fulfilled and happy and as many of you know, I’m a pretty happy person J.

It would be remiss of me not to say a special thank you to several people who went beyond the call of duty to help me this past year.  Jackie Hansen and Heather Bodden were there for me each and every step along the way, encouraging and assisting me.

 I could not have gotten through this year without the help of my incredible husband, my parents and my helper Daisy who stood by me with any and everything. 

Thank you to everyone, especially Jackie, Valerie, Tara and April who had a part to play in organizing this amazing Gala Dinner and all the hard work leading up to this event. 
I’d also like to thank my son Max, for being such a great sport and letting me drag him along to various YCLA engagements, including those in Cayman Brac.  

To the 2015 finalists, you should all be very proud of yourselves for being selected as one of just five finalists, especially this year with 39 people nominated.  I encourage each of you to continue doing whatever you can to make a positive difference in our community.  Cayman needs you and I hope your experience thus far with YCLA has made you realize the importance of all that you do.

Last year, I ended my speech by saying, “Don’t let something that you can’t do get in the way of doing what you can do”, which I believe to be true and tonight I will leave you with a similar quote from Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your evening!