Her Majesty, The Queen on Tuesday 26 June 2018, presented Lakeyia Joseph from Bense, Dominica with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, in honour of the work she is doing to transform lives in her community.
The Queen was joined at the Award ceremony by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in recognising their success.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of some of the most exciting young change-makers from across the Commonwealth.
This year’s cohort from 38 Commonwealth countries is finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.
Lakeyia Joseph, 19, said: “I am humbled. This experience has fostered so much more humility into my system as a young aspiring leader, just to know that I actually have people at my back telling me to just ‘Go’.
Joseph received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is doing to support young people and gender equality in Dominica.
“It was a really great pleasure standing and receiving such a prestigious Award before Her Majesty The Queen and meeting all of these amazing young leaders,” Joseph stated.
“I must certainly make special mention of my family, friends and supporters who have been continuously supporting me all throughout this journey. Once again, I came with one mission, and that was simply to represent my country and make people proud. I know I didn’t let them down. Thank you,” she added.
As a Queen’s Young Leader, Lakeyia has gained access to bespoke mentoring and training through the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, designed to develop their leadership skills further and ensure they are best placed to lead the way in the future to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues.
She joins four other Dominicans who have received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
In 2017, there were two Award winners from Dominica; Rianna Patterson was chosen in recognition of her dedication to helping ease the impact dementia has on individuals and families while Eber Ravariere was acknowledged for creating opportunities for young people through agriculture.
In 2016, Tina Alfred was recognized by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community.
In June 2015, Kellyn George founder of the Sickle Cell Cares Foundation was the recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
The now complete Queen’s Young Leaders network forms a unique, dedicated and powerful group of young people from 53 Commonwealth countries who will connect, collaborate and change lives together for years to come.
To further support them in their future endeavours, a £200,000 Legacy Fund has been created. It will be open to all 240 Queen’s Young Leaders and 282 highly commended runners-up to apply for grants that will help elevate their work and enable them to work together to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, who was recently named a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador said: “In this rapidly changing world, it is heartening to meet so many inspiring young people gathered here today, who have already stepped up as leaders and improved the lives of so many people across the Commonwealth. You are the hope and optimism the world needs and we will all do whatever we can to support you in it.”
Guests including David Beckham OBE, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Nicola Adams OBE, Neelam Gill, Caspar Lee, Tina Daheley, Ore Oduba and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, joined Award winners at Buckingham Palace to congratulate them on their remarkable achievements.