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Government Tribute to Hon. Moyle

Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, presents the official tribute.

The Premier, the Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP presented Cayman Islands' tribute at the Official Funeral of Hon. Edna Marie Moyle, OBE, JP

Hon. Edna Moyle, a North Side native, represented that district in the Legislative Assembly from 1992-2009. She also served as a Cabinet Minister for one year, as Deputy Speaker for a year, and as Speaker for four.

A remarkable woman with a vibrant presence and strong convictions, Mrs Moyle left her mark on the Cayman Islands, as an individual and as a legislator.

During her time in Parliament she made many indelible contributions to the welfare of her district and this country.

The needs of North Side, her home district, were a high priority for her. She was active in ensuring that her constituents were able to access all of the facilities that characterise a modern community, including a library, health centre, civic centre, police station and community park.

Throughout the course of her career, twin passions were advocating for the elderly and for the youth of the district.

Another cause dear to her heart, and one to which she devoted much energy as a legislator, was consolidating the place of women's issues on the national agenda.

It was a motion of hers that led to the introduction of women's affairs as a government responsibility. This in turn led to the establishment of the Women's Resource Centre-now the Family Resource Centre.

Another successful motion was the genesis of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) family support unit.

She also seconded the motion which led to the development of the Crisis Centre for battered women and children.

As a Minister, Mrs Moyle supported a national policy on gender equity and equality.

To the role of the Speaker, which is essential to the good governance of the legislative branch of Government, she brought her tremendous personal flair and her concern for the people of these Islands.

It helped that she came to the job from a professional background well suited to the role. She had served as Secretary to the Administrator of the Cayman Islands from 1966 to 1969, and Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly from 1971 to 1979.

Her boundless energy and zest for life also made itself felt beyond these shores.

Mrs. Moyle was an enthusiastic member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She represented the Cayman Islands at numerous Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences and Seminars in the Caribbean, Canada, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and South Africa. These parliaments have expressed their condolence on her passing.

Yet, no matter how far she travelled, her heart never strayed far from home, which was North Side and the Cayman Islands.

Born 19 January 1942 in George Town, Mrs. Moyle was the youngest child in a family of 10. George Town is honoured by the association. Her parents were Mr Will Banks Miller, a North Side builder of homes, hotels and schooners, and Celeste (née Ebanks).

A civil servant for some years before becoming a public servant, her public-spiritedness was evident throughout her life.

The district of North Side, the Cayman Islands Government, and the country as a whole are richer because of Mrs Moyle's contributions. It is fitting that we should celebrate her life, and enshrine her place in our history.