Queen to honour young people from Dominica with Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Patterson (left) and Raveriere will be joining young people from across the Commonwealth at the event

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to two exceptional young people from Dominica at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 29th June. The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.

This year’s Award winners, nineteen-year-old Rianna Patterson has been chosen in recognition of her dedication to helping ease the impact dementia has on individuals and families. Eber Ravariere is 28-years-old and has been acknowledged for creating opportunities for young people through agriculture.

Rianna and Eber will be representing Dominica as they join winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.

Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Eber Ravariere said: “During my year as a Queen’s Young Leader, I hope to raise awareness on the importance of food security and the involvement of youth in agriculture. It will be encouraging to hear other stories and learn from successful organisations and businesses.”

The 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues from tackling bullying in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street, as well as take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of global social media company Facebook. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

The programme will finish with the launch of the final ever search for the Queen’s Young Leaders. The application process to become a Queen’s Young Leader of 2018 opens at 09:00 p.m. BST on Thursday 29th June 2017, and this year is the last chance for young people to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader. The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Dominica to join this important community of change-makers from across the Commonwealth.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion positive change that will last for generations to come. The residential programme is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group to improve people’s lives all over the Commonwealth. We are delighted that these young people are being recognised for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale.”

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  1. June 15, 2017

    Congratulations to Rianna Patterson and Ember Ravariere, along with the other outstanding young people across the Commonwealth who are receiving this honor.

    This is an example of positive news in DNO. We are also seeing a significant number of Dominican young people going on to university and receiving doctorates in their chosen fields. It is the kind of news Dominicans want to read especially those in the Diaspora. Welcome news indeed because it speaks of the
    future of your beautiful land, and of things to come.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  2. Look It
    June 15, 2017

    Congrats Eber!!!!!! We the Ravariere family are so proud of you. So many young Ravariere men and women are making great strides! So proud of my family.

  3. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    June 14, 2017

    Congratulations to the young leaders. You have reasons to smile :) for having been chosen to receive this award for your dedication in doing your utmost in making Dominica, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world a better place to live in. This is in addition to enhancing the life of others.

    June 14, 2017

    Congratulation’s Rianna… one more achievement as a YBPW DOMINICA(Young Business and Professional Women)… I just love when young people are making progress….

  5. hhhhhhhhhhhhh
    June 14, 2017

    Congrats Rirri.. …. keep up the good work.

  6. June 14, 2017

    Congratulations young leaders!

  7. June 14, 2017

    You don’t find too many youth getting into agriculture post CXC. Kudos to this young man for his work with youth in agriculture. All the best with your youth work Patterson and Ravariere!

  8. done&done
    June 14, 2017

    Queen is on her way out so she is doing what should have been done Half century ago. “Better late than never?” This world is filled with all sorts of drama.

    • Yes
      June 14, 2017

      Always one who has to write some negative and bitter words. Get a hold of yourself.

      • done&done
        June 14, 2017

        So, you are yes now? Do you in your hearts of heart think and believe that the ”
        Queen” gives a hoot about us? You need to get a grip of yourself. Puerto Rico, as far as I can recall has always been a colony of America – At present, they are fighting for full rights as citizens of the USA. Furthermore, as far as i can recall, I was a “British citizen” from birth. However, I couldn’t independently board a plane to England. My parents migrated to England in the early 60s and had to go through a lengthyyyyyyyyyyyyyy process to become a BRITISH CITIZEN, which of course, they thought they already were before leaving Dominica. You people are still living in an un-known planet. Get to know the system before you lash out on me. I’m alright you know!!! Not begging for bread and I’m FREE to say what the L I want; Ok?

      • Da4real
        June 14, 2017

        Ure so rite….so much negativity… Some people just can’t learn to be positive….what is the purpose for this negativity? Whom are you hurting? Just you…..

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 14, 2017

      I suppose you did not read, a few years ago that her sons were instrumental in helping to establish this young leaders program. It is not because she is on her way out. Some of you are negative people and love to comment negatively. You look for the worst not the best in others.

  9. June 14, 2017

    Yessss Rianna! You have been working so hard with your foundation and youth groups! I love seeing the youth involved. Congrats to you both on this prestigious award! Continue to make us proud!

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