Friday 24 May, 2019

Kenneth Cyril Valley Foundation honours Elizabeth “Lady” Montano

Three Caribbean leaders were honoured at Kenneth Cyril Valley Foundation Awards Reception where the first Diamond Scholar was chosen to receive a $100,000 academic scholarship.

The Kenneth Cyril Valley Foundation announced the 2019 Award Honourees on May 5. The honourees are:

1. Sian Cuffy Young, Managing Director and Lead Consultant of Siel Environmental Services Limited, a waste efficiency and environmental training company (Service Award)

2. Kheston Walkins, co-founder of Allegori, a company that uses neuroscience and psychology to teach students how to focus and improve academic outcomes (Progress Award)

3. Elizabeth “Lady” Montano, a scholar, teacher, mentor, and former manager of Machel Montano (Mentorship Award)

The Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, a Minister of Parliament who was mentored by Ken Valley, will delivered the keynote address.

“Our award honourees serve as perfect examples for the young Caribbean leaders we are supporting through the Diamond Scholarship Award and cultivating through our Foundation’s programming”, said Kyra Stephenson-Valley, Managing Director of the Kenneth Cyril Valley Foundation and eldest granddaughter of the Foundation’s namesake. 

“Diamond Award recipients demonstrate an unwavering commitment and determination to the betterment of themselves and their communities, as well as academic excellence. I am proud that these young people will have the opportunity to hear from such strong leaders in our community."

"My father believed in empowering our Caribbean youth and expanding opportunities for them to succeed. His legacy is now being carried out through this scholarship and I’m proud that my family is leading this collaborative effort to build brighter futures for generations of tomorrow, "said Kerwyn Valley, CEO of KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited and son of foundation namesake, Kenneth Cyril Valley.

The Foundation’s namesake, Kenneth Cyril Valley, believed strongly in the power of education to change lives. Though he could not afford to attend secondary school, through a disciplined programme of self-study, he was able to achieve the secondary- level qualifications needed to successfully enrol in and complete his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of the West Indies and McMaster University in Canada respectively.

In his 20 years of public service, and as a private citizen, Ken championed the empowerment and education of young people throughout the region. He believed “life is a loan which we repay through the service we give to others.” Through this Foundation, the legacy of his dedication to service to others continue.

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