(CMR) During the opening session of Parliament on Tuesday, 19 September, Members of Parliament paid tribute to Deborah Bodden, Dr. Celine Manoosingh, and several others who passed away over the last few months.
Speaker Katherine Ebanks-Wilks said Bodden's death was a huge loss to the country and expressed condolences to her family, especially her two sons.
Deputy Gov Franz Manderson said Debbie Bodden, who joined the Civil Service in 2002, did her job exceptionally well and was a dedicated civil servant.
“She was known for her quick wit, her dedication, her integrity. She took great pride in doing her job at a high level,” the Deputy Governor stated.
He said she managed commission from overseas while getting treatment, and no one knew she was in office.
“We have lost an outstanding civil servant who was dedicated to the service of our country,” he added, expressing condolences to the family.
Premier Wayne Panton and several other elected members also spoke about the dedicated worker Bodden was.
The premier also paid tribute to his advisor Dr. Celine Manoosingh, who he described as a bright young Caymanian whose star was extinguished too soon.”
He said she lived a “short but very impactful life” and was a “great role model for Caymanians, especially those going through the public school system.”
The MPs also expressed condolences to two elected members, Joseph Hew and Heather Bodden, who lost their mothers. Condolences were also expressed to Babara Conolly, who lost her brother. Condolences were also expressed to former MP Tara Rivers, who lost her father, Irvin Rivers.