High Achiever Recognized
It is extremely rewarding knowing that we have had a positive effect on the lives of so many young people.
—Brian Patrick (Pat) Randall
Brian Patrick (Pat) Randall
Certificate and Badge of Honour
Mr. Brian Patrick (Pat) Randall is being awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honour for his dedication to the betterment of young people.
Having served as a Junior Achievement (JA) board member prior to living in Cayman, Pat has been able to combine his career in finance with his passion for helping local students and instilling in them the lessons he learned as a businessman.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Pat lived in Canada and the Bahamas before arriving in Grand Cayman in 1972 to work in offshore banking for five years. He and his family left thereafter, but returned in 1987 when they decided to make Cayman their home.
When Rotary Central decided to establish Junior Achievement in the Cayman Islands in 1991, he was invited to participate, primarily because of his earlier involvement as a JA leader overseas. He served as JA president for two years in the 1990s, and has again filled that role for the past three years.
When JA was incorporated as a local not-for-profit organization, Pat was appointed a director and secretary during the first year, and he has remained on the board since. His several roles include chairing the recruitment and training committee which works with adult advisors and participating youths.
In Cayman, JA caters to high school students and includes the economics for success aspect, providing exposure for younger teens. They too are guided by business professionals who visit schools to speak on topics such as career choices, budgeting and credit.
The JA initiatives directly impact the lives of some 700 local students each year and its programmes are recognized as enhancing the overall educational experience for the youngsters.
Assisted by adult advisors, students incorporate companies, sell shares to raise initial capital, elect officers and decide upon products. They meet weekly to manufacture and sell their products, and they earn nominal wages and dividends. After 18 weeks they liquidate the companies and profits generated go into JA.
Most importantly during the process, students learn the basics of managing a business. They also benefit from the leadership experience and the teamwork, both of which help to prepare them for higher education and the workforce.
Looking back at his years with JA, Pat says he is proud of the early members who have taken their places in society in careers ranging from accounting and law, to aviation and engineering.
For some, the wheel has turned full circle and they now contribute to the JA experience themselves.
"It is extremely rewarding knowing that we have had a positive effect on the lives of so many young people," Pat says. "I have especially enjoyed meeting so many students with great potential, and it's good to know that JA has such a positive influence on them."
Encouraging other people to get involved, he concludes, "To run this programme we need many adult advisors. Its success has depended on the countless volunteers who assisted over the years."
Pat's other interests include his grandchildren, reading and sport. His most significant contribution to local sports occurred in 1995 when Cayman hosted the CARIFTA Games. He qualified as a level-four track and field judge and adjudicated some events.
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