Queen Elizabeth II hosted a star-studded reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the first ever winners of her Young Leaders program on Monday.
Dominica’s Kellyn George was among 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who were recognized for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
George was born with sickle-cell anaemia and has endured many complications with her health. Her experiences motivated her to establish The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation in Dominica. The organisation raises awareness of the disease and aims to help those who are affected to manage their healthcare as well as possible.
Three other young people from the Eastern Caribbean were also awarded.
This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.
Following the ceremony on the 22nd June, Award winners will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the Award prize.
The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.