Each year Junior Chamber International (JCI) selects 10 outstanding young people under 40 years from around the world who live the JCI Mission in extraordinary ways. The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) Programme serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. By recognizing these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world. In addition to recognizing their own efforts, the honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies.
JCI Dominica through collaboration with the general public received three (3) nominations, all of which after careful review were chosen to be submitted to JCI West Indies. JCI West Indies will then conduct a review process and if successful, one (1) or more of the nominated young Dominicans will be presented to JCI to be awarded in their respective field.
The nominated persons and their category of impact are as follows:
Machel Sulton – Moral and/or Environmental Leadership
Machel Sulton who currently serves as Forester II & Senior Amphibian Technician has made great impact over the past 8 years as a passionate biologist and advocate for nature and the environment. His experience gained through his educational background upon completion of various programs including Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Level 5 Management & Leadership Certificate and study at University of Kent, Endangered Species has greatly aided his efforts to conserve Dominica’s environment. Mr. Sulton is well known for his work on endangered Mountain Chicken and has contributed greatly to various written publications, studies, NGO’s and volunteer projects; all aimed at protecting Dominica’s Biodiversity.
Delroy Williams – Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
Mr. Delroy Williams has been a volunteer since high school advocating for many causes including Gender-Based Violence, Environment, HIV/AIDS awareness. The #LeveDomnik campaign, he founded in 2016, garnered national and regional attention about gender-based violence. He is also a writer, using that platform to address many issues including lupus, transactional sex, politics, child abuse, etc. In 2018 he became the Team Leader of the Hope Foundation Inc that assists children with learning disabilities
Leandra Lander – Cultural Achievement
Miss Leandra Lander who is currently a teacher at the Convent High School, has gone over and beyond to promote Dominica’s culture among the students and the clubs she directs such as Sisserou Singers and Umoja CHS, the latter of which focuses on Sign Language. Her achievements such as Phenomenal Teacher Dominica Association of Teachers 2016, Miss Jaycees Caribbean 2007, Outstanding Youth in Culture (2007), Special Recognition Award from the Dominica National Cultural Council and the Cultural Division in addition to others speak volumes about her level of involvement in the community and passion to promote Dominica’s culture.
JCI Dominica, as an organization seeking to provide development opportunities that empower youth, saw it critical to take advantage of this opportunity so as to highlight their achievements as both young individuals and Dominicans and afford them the opportunity for international recognition.
Successful honorees will travel to Estonia to receive their award at the JCI World Congress to be held in November, 2019.