Two Abaconians, nominated for the 2012 Cacique Award, have remained on the finalists list in their category. They are Mr. Malcom Spicer in the Event Planner category and Mrs. Candace Key, who was nominated in two categories, Human Resources Development and Sustainable Tourism. The list of their contribution to Abaco tourism is impressive, with both of them achieving international recognition.
Mr. Spicer, a former educator, is the founder of several sports associations, such as soccer and darts. Since 1997, Mr. Spicer has acted as President of the Abaco Football Association (soccer), of which he wrote the rules, constitution and by-laws.
He founded the Darts Association, for which he has acted as Secretary ever since, in 1986. He has been President of the World Darts Federation, Americas Region, since 2000 and Secretary General, Caribbean Darts Association since 1990. He has been responsible for planning and coordinating all six World Darts Federation Americas Cup International Tournaments and in 2010, arranged for the 18th Caribbean Cup and 5th Americas’ Cup to be hosted on Abaco. It was a great success which contributed to him being asked to help hosting the prestigious Latin American Region’s International World Series Little League Tournament.
As Chairman of the Bahamas International Little League World Series Tournament Organizing Committee, he was responsible for coordinating the whole event. The Tournament took place in the Summer of 2011 It was an amazing event that put Abaco on the list of destinations for sports tournaments.
Candace Key, a resident of Hope Towns and with 35 years dedicated to education at Hope Town Primary School, has taught four generations of students to develope a strong respect for the environment. She was nominated by the school Principal, Justin Higgs, and is excited to be part of what she said is the most important of Cacique Awards, commemorating fifty years of tourism and forty years of independence.
In 2010, the Hope Town Primary School was recognized by the UNESCO for being a leader in international environmental stewardship. In November of 2012, the new Media Center added to the school was dedicated to the teacher with the name of Candace Key Media Center.
The candidates will be honored in Nassau on January 27, 2013.