Nineteen young people, including a youth group, were awarded for their contribution towards national development at the annual Youth Awards on Saturday 24 June 2017.
Lawson Alexander received the award for Outstanding Youth in Agriculture, Nathan Rolle won the award for Outstanding Youth in Community Tourism, while Denzel James won the award for Outstanding Youth in Entrepreneurship.
Kyla Winston took home the award for Outstanding Youth in Sports, while Phael Lander took home the award for Excellence in Leadership, and the award for Beyond Expectation.
Delroy Williams received the President’s Award as well as an Honorable Mention Award in Literacy Arts.
Rianna Patterson received the award for Outstanding Youth in Volunteerism, Odel Hamilton took the award for Outstanding Youth or Youth Group in Culture, Michael Leblanc received the award for Outstanding Youth in Music, while Craig Harris receive the award for outstanding Youth in Media.
Other awardees included Vynliz Dailey for Literacy Arts, Peter Codrington for Academic and Extracurricular excellence, Jade Leatham for Performing Arts, Bianca Ashbee for Esteemed Challenge Award, Nicole Eustache for the Kalinago Youth Award, Queen Thomas for the China-Dominica Friendship Award, and Yuri. A. Jones for the Visual Arts Award.
The Trafalgar, Shawford, Fond Canie Junior Council took home the Outstanding Community Youth Organization award.
Minister for Telecommunications, Science, Information and Technology, Kelvar Darroux, who gave the featured address, commended the council for recognizing the efforts of the country’s youth, in every field.
“You have been blessed with talents and abilities and I believe that each and every one of us has a responsibility to give back to our communities and to society in a meaningful way,” he stated.
Darroux also challenged the youth to not only focus on their personal growth and success, but try to positively impact the lives of others.
“If you are a young person, and year in and year out, you are not making any changes and any steps to advance yourself and also to bring up someone with you, then your life will be worthless, because life has to be about progress and growth and development,” the minister said.
“We have always echoed the call that when you are going up the ladder of progress, what is most satisfying is to hold somebody’s hand and bring them up with you, and that is my challenge for you, young people,” Mr Darroux further stated.
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