25-year-old Carrie McCoy has achieved remarkable success in the healthcare industry and her involvement with Girlguiding Cayman Islands (GGCI). With a Master of Science degree from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Carrie currently works as a qualified Physician Associate. Her volunteering experiences have strengthened her passion for a career that positively impacts lives.
Carrie's journey with GGCI began at the age of 11 when she took on the role of a unit helper, organising engaging activities for Brownies. Motivated to contribute even more, she obtained her Young Leader qualification and became the first Caymanian to receive the Chief Guide's Challenge and Queen's Guide Awards, the highest accolades in Girlguiding. As a Peer Educator, Carrie delivers sessions on leadership, mental well-being, and gender equality in the UK and the Cayman Islands. Additionally, she has served as a member of the GGCI Executive Committee, where she created marketing materials for fundraisers. Her enthusiasm led her to become the first-ever representative from the British Overseas Territories to participate in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Juliette Low Seminar in Ireland (2019).
Carrie's dedication to the community extends beyond Girlguiding. As the District 1210 Rotaract Representative, she has coordinated fundraisers to vaccinate over 1,000 children against polio. Moreover, she has mentored Caymanians as a Junior Counsellor for Cayman's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, inspiring them to become agents of positive change.
Carrie's commitment to volunteering was recognised during her undergraduate studies when she received Keele University's Platinum Plus Award for dedicating over 380 hours to volunteering. As a Proud of Them Honouree, Carrie remains determined to continue her journey of giving back to the community. With her dedication and passion, she is poised to make an even greater impact on the lives of others in the future.
Special thanks to the Cayman Islands Government Office in the UK for their support with video coordination.