“I felt excited, I felt honoured and elated to be one of the recipients of Her Majesty the Queen Young Leaders Award.”
This is the reaction of Tina Alfred who is among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who will receive the award as exceptional leaders in their communities.
The prestigious award will be presented in London in 2016.
The 24-year-old coordinates a victim support programme at Lifeline Ministries, and has been working with teenagers who have experienced gender-based violence for just over a year now.
She told Dominica News Online on Wednesday that she condemns all forms of gender-based violence.
“I will continue to advocate that we should report all forms of violence especially sexual violence and domestic violence which we see is more common in our country,” she said.
She has also helped in the launching of the Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth and is a member of the Dominica National Council of Women.
Alfred urged young people to continue to interact in positive community activities, “to continue to do all the social networking that they can do and continue to say no to violence…”
The programme is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme and it celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
In 2015, Alfred was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of the West Indies (UWI), where she produced a research project justifying the need for a Family Court in Dominica.
Last year Dominican, Kellyn George, was named Young Queen Leader.