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Government leaders and accounting professionals gathered to congratulate Caymanians who have reached milestones in their respective accounting careers on Saturday May 28 at the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants Awards Gala ( CIIPA), held at the Kimpton Seafire Resort.

Forty-five Caymanians were honored throughout the evening, including 35 who earned bachelor’s degrees and 10 who earned master’s degrees.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the accountants of the 21st century are charged in many ways with helping to save the planet…or at the very least playing a crucial role in creating a better world in which to live,” said CIIPA President Rennie Khan, making reference to the important role that accountants play in matters related to sustainable enterprises. practices and increased due diligence resulting from the sanctions regimes of Russia and Belarus. “The days when accountants were primarily concerned with bookkeeping and preparing financial documents are long gone. Accountants are no longer behind-the-scenes actors in the workplace. But they are rather driving forces that research, collect, analyze and advise.

His Excellency Governor Martyn Roper, Prime Minister Hon. Wayne Panton, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Economic Development Hon. Christopher Saunders, Leader of the Opposition Hon. Roy McTaggart and Attorney General Hon. Samuel Bulgin was on hand to congratulate the recipients, many of whom indicated that they plan to continue their professional designation or otherwise pursue their professional development.

“It’s really nice to be here and to be honored in front of the firm’s partners,” said Deloitte’s Piers Davies, recognized for earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“Accounting offers a wide range of industries that you can look into so you never really get bored. You go from a hedge fund-based client to an insurance client and then into an operating company. It’s just a different thing every day.

Those honored for earning their bachelor’s degrees include: Aaron Fernandes, Alyssa McLaughlin, Carrie McLaughlin, Denry Howell, Derricka Neysmith, Errol Simms, Estefhany Rivers, Eva McLean, Germaine Ebanks, Indira McLaughlin, Jenna Alpuche, Joel Gayle, John Carlo Ow, Jonathan Walmsley, Jordon Williams, Jose Vasquez, Kevin Weber, Kimberly Dawson, Kireen Morris, Kirk Foster, Leyla Padilla Arcon, Lisa Royal, Lissette Carter, Luca Polloni, Lucas Byrnes, Mariah Webb, Mikhalia Byndloss, Ninna Bodden, Piers Davies , Rajiv Jaggernath, Shantae Hamilton, Steve Miller, Tramaine Roper and Yolanda Paredes-Arias.

Masters recipients included: Brittany Scott, Daniel Burns, Francella Martin, Jonathan Walmsley, Max Pairaudeau, Piers Davies, Rochel Gardener, Ryan Barnett, Selena Ross and Simon Butler.

The event marked the first of two CIIPA awards galas scheduled for 2022, as the gala had been postponed and rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second gala is scheduled to take place in September and will honor Caymanians who have earned their professional designation and those completing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees this year.