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.
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This really is admirable in many ways (on the part of the hard-working young lady), but at the same time, what an image out of the days of colonialism, an image that proves we are still, in so many ways, not yet free of the imperialist ideas that once bound us in chains. The Queen of our coloniser bestowing gifts upon what might as well be her subjects–an image that could almost be imaginable in the nineteenth century with Victoria. What is the Commonwealth, if not the relics of the British Empire by a different name and with more autonomy?
Let us praise the woman for her efforts, while not forgetting the history in the symbolism of such gestures.
Wow love this! I am so proud of this young lady!
Hello and good afternoon my people. I want to say congrats to the young lady for enduring but I must separate my comments.
Well does this so called Queen ever held a job where she actually work. Please tell this woman and her family to get lost because I don’t believe in Queens,Kings ,Prince and Princess. Get lost lady.
Great Job. Well deserved. Keep up the good work.
Congrats Kellyn. So proud of you and your commitment to help others. Well done and wish you every success for the future
There is still hope for Dominica after skerrit. Congratulations
Now, that deserves congratulations.
This young lady has actually done something that deserves to be recognized.
Allu must stop watering down congratulations for the most mundane activity.
Congratulations are in order Ms. George. Well done.
congratulations so proud of you
I don’t know u personally but brilliant job! u make me feel so proud..and ur rocking ur Wob dwiet..so pleased for you!! :))))))))
she stood out ever one that was present will remember her
I’m so proud of you…. please keep up the amazing work!
Wow! You make us sooo proud.
Reading this makes me so proud! I am glad that Miss George’s work is being recognized and I encourage her to keep up the excellent work.
waw! Congrats Girly!
That I must say is a true Ambassador to Dominica. She wore her National Dress to receive her award.
That’s what one should be reading about Dominica and people be awarded for. Not that nonsense Blessing and Coipel did at the Fort Young Hotel. Keep up the good work young lady.
Don’t be a hater. Just congratulate the young lady.
DACE Executives, take note. That’s what it is all about, true giving of oneself, not recognizing individuals who have improved their lot in life but never gave back to DA in any way, shape or form.
Congratulations. Keep on keeping on.
congrats girl !
congratulation for giving one self to help other who has this sickness I am proved of what you have done this show your commitment in helping other like your self keep up this good work may yahweh bless you abundantly