Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) is greatly involved in the Cayman community through Junior Achievement (JA), an international programme that focuses on preparing our youth to succeed in a global economy. Allowing students between the ages of 15 – 18 to work closely with different companies, the programme encourages them to start a company, create a product and run the company with the guidance of their advisors.
In 2019, Cayman Airways was the proud sponsor of JA company OttoCycle, an eco-friendly company run by 13 students. The team came up with the ingenious idea to make ottomans using discarded plastic bottles in an effort to cut down on some of the waste going into the George Town landfill. The products were well received in the community, and the students sold 74 ottomans. Taking their community efforts to another level, the team also donated 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of the ottomans to Miss Nadine’s Pre-School.
At the JA Awards Banquet held at the Marriott Beach Resort on June 7, 2019, Team OttoCycle won Company of the Year and Product of the year, plus individual awards for Leah Robinson, VP of Human Resources of the Year; Ashanti Reid, third place for VP of Public Relations of the Year; and Romeo Thomas, who won the Pat Randal Award.
The team then qualified to represent JA Cayman Islands as they compete against 13 countries and 19 teams for Company of the Year in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Locally, the team was featured in the Cayman Compass and appeared on Rooster and Radio Cayman. They also volunteered with Plastic Free Cayman to clean up our beaches and the Cancer Society, to name a few.
“The entire team has made Cayman Airways very proud,”exclaimed Joann West, Passenger Sales Auditor for CAL who volunteers as a Lead Advisor for the team helped them source fabric from around the island. “They worked hard from the start and their accomplishments show.”