Dominican, Tina Alfred, is among 60 people from the Commonwealth to be honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to be held at Buckingham Palace on June 23rd 2016.
She, along with eight other exceptional young people from the Eastern Caribbean, will be presented with the Queen's Young Leaders Awards.
The award winners, aged between 18 and 29 are being recognised for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.
Alfred coordinates the victim support programme at Lifeline Ministries, working to support teenagers who have experienced gender-based violence. She helped to launch the Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth and is a member of the Dominica National Council of Women. Alfred is also working with women’s groups on the island promoting the mandatory reporting of sexual offences and hopes to set up a 24-hour helpline for those seeking to escape violence and abuse. In 2015 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of the West Indies, where she produced a research project justifying the need for a Family Court in Dominica.
As a Queen’s Young Leader, Alfred will join winners from Commonwealth countries from around the world in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.
Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.
This year’s Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities.
The application process to become a 2017 Queen’s Young Leader opens on Friday 24 June 2016.
Last year Dominican, Kellyn George, was named Young Queen Leader.
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