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Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development visits Cayman Brac

Government 13 Jul, 2022 Follow News

Minister Ebanks and Parliamentary Secretary Bodden, Ministry staff (Acting DCO Rayle Roberts, Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah Webb-Sibblies), and Needs Assessment Unit (Cayman Brac) staff

Hon. Minister Andre Ebanks & Hon. Minister Juliana O’Connor Connolly at the District Administration Building, Friday 8 July, 2022

Minister Ebanks and Parliamentary Secretary Bodden, Ministry staff (Acting DCO Rayle Roberts, Acting DCO Trevor Gibbs, Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah Webb-Sibblies), with care home staff at Kirkconn

Minister Ebanks and Parliamentary Secretary Bodden, Ministry staff (Acting DCO Rayle Roberts and Acting DCO Trevor Gibbs, Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah Webb-Sibblies), and Department of Children an

On Friday 8 July, 2022, the Hon. André Ebanks, Minister for Investment, Innovation and Social Development, was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Heather Bodden and senior Ministry staff to visit Cayman Brac.

At the District Administration building, the group met with the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for District Administration, District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts, and staff of the District Commission. The two Ministers and Commissioner led a discussion about ongoing and new policy issues relating to social development, with a particular focus on the needs of elderly and vulnerable people in Cayman Brac.

The Minister noted that the Ministry is undertaking an expansion of the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to transform services for their clients in Cayman Brac, and the group visited the staff at the existing shared office space for both entities.

Related to the expansion, the trip included two separate site visits; the first was to a potential new location for the Needs Assessment Unit. The second site visit was facilitated by Minister O’Connor-Connolly and District Commission staff, who gave a tour to the Minister, Parliamentary Secretary and Ministry staff of a newly constructed, modern building which has been designed to accommodate community events in Cayman Brac, particularly for older persons and youth.

Minister Ebanks expressed his gratitude to all involved with the visit, saying: “To re-imagine social development for the people of the Cayman Islands requires purposeful and creative actions that involve collaboration across distinct subject areas and across Government, with the private and non-profit sectors, and throughout our community.”

Parliamentary Secretary Heather Bodden added, “Our visit to Cayman Brac this past Friday is an earnest start to a strong working relationship between the Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development, the District Commission, and the Cayman Brac offices of the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Needs Assessment Unit.”

The group also visited the nursing staff and residents at Kirkconnell Care Centre. The Minister noted that in the Government’s 2022-23 Annual Budget Statement, the nursing staff were converted from wage-based to salaried employees --- including many who served for two or three decades in these positions. Commenting on his interactions at the Centre, he said:

“The dedicated staff of the Kirkconnell Care Centre, and their counterparts in all the care homes in Grand Cayman, work tirelessly to care for the residents - often with little recognition for the truly grueling work involved in this profession. The Ministry will continue to advocate for change and reform on behalf of the residents and staff.”


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