Cayman National

Cayman National Honours Founding Father at Annual Home for Christmas event

Hon. Truman Bodden
(L – R): Members of the Tomkins Family, Hon. Deputy Governor Mr. Franz Manderson, Members of the Cayman National Board of Directors.

For the past 12 years Cayman National has been hosting its ‘Home for Christmas’ community event and on December 2nd 2014 the Customer Appreciation event attracted a large crowd and featured a special ceremony to honor the patriarch of the Cayman National family. As part of the organisation’s ongoing 40th Anniversary Celebrations, it was decided to pay tribute to the late Mr. Peter A. Tomkins, Cayman National Founder, by renaming the corporate headquarters on Elgin Avenue in his honour.

Cayman National Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Stuart Dack welcomed the crowd with some opening remarks. Long serving staff member, Mrs. Judy Walter, blessed the audience with a Christmas prayer followed by the singing of the National Song by Mr. Jordan Hodgson. Honorable Deputy Governor Mr. Franz Manderson and daughter of the late founder, Ms. Bethany Tomkins unveiled the building’s new name, the ‘Peter A. Tomkins Building’ followed by a small gathering of the Tomkins family and Board of Directors. Chairman of the CNC Board, Honorable Truman Bodden spoke of the commendable character of Mr. Tomkins and his contribution not only to the Cayman National organisation but to the community as whole. He stressed the vision of Mr. Tomkins and his conservative approach to the group’s business which the management and staff continue to uphold and follow to this very day.

Hon. Truman Bodden
UCCI Pandemix Steel Pan Band performing a Christmas medley.

Immediately following the special ceremony was the 12th Annual ‘Home for Christmas’ event which featured performances by the Edna M. Moyle Primary School, Dance Unlimited, and a musical selection by the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) Pandemix steel pan band (sponsored by Cayman National) and music by our very own Cayman National Corporation Choir. In true family fashion the event hosts a Kiddies Corner for the younger ones in attendance. The children’s time featured activities such as an old Caymanian Christmas tree decoration contest, talent show and arts and crafts followed by the announcement of Santa’s arrival and gift delivery.

Hon. Truman Bodden
Edna M. Moyle Primary School Choir singing a host of Christmas carols.

The event also allowed for the opportunity to donate to two local charitable organisations. Presentations were made to – Literacy is for Everyone (Life Ltd.) and the East End Sunrise Cottage presented by Mr. Leonard Ebanks, Director of Cayman National Corporation. The East End Sunrise Cottage is a residential facility that services the needs of senior citizens in East End, and also offers a daytime programme for the handicapped and mentally ill adults of the district. The Literacy is for Everyone program is geared towards improving the quality of life for the residents of Cayman through literacy and numeracy programmes.

The event came to a close with remarks by CNB President Ormond Williams, who thanked everyone in attendance and expressed Seasons Greetings and well wishes for the New Year. Light refreshments were served and as always the new Cayman National Calendar was made available to all. This year’s theme focused on a compilation of all past Cayman National covers in one memorable keep-sake, to further document the hallmarks of our journey in this year’s calendar we focused on Cayman National staff recognising that it is our people, past and present in all our business that has shaped our organisation into the great entity it is today.

To close off our 40th Anniversary Celebration, we will be holding our biennial Charity Walk/Run event on 17th January 2015, which we encourage everyone to support and participate in.