The Cayman Islands Insurance Association pays tribute to the life of one of the founding members of our Health Insurance Standing Committee (HISC), Ms. LaVerne Daykin, who passed away on Monday, 7 December 2020.
Laverne was an original titan of the health insurance industry and avid participant in the health insurance predecessor to the HISC, CAHIP. Many who have come after her have been privileged to stand on the shoulders of her hard-won accomplishments as Head of Health at the Cayman Insurance Centre. She was a mentor and advocate for several outstanding health insurance professionals today, and was known to fight for her staff, colleagues, and clients with vigor.
Even upon leaving the insurance industry, retirement couldn’t keep her from giving of her gifts, and she continued to work on Boards and in the community. Her pride in her Caymanian heritage and love of Caymanian turtle stew is fondly remembered, and she has left many old Cayman proverbs like “time longer than rope” and “greed choke puppy” to guide us.
LaVerne had a dangerous sense of humor and a smile that lit up her whole face and made her eyes disappear. She took the bull by the horns to the very last. We are all better for having known her and having the path she blazed to follow.
Our condolences and prayers are with her dear sisters, her children and grandchildren, and all of her family and loved ones.