PRESS RELEASE: The Queen to honour Ajani Lebourne from St Lucia

PRESS RELEASE: The Queen to honour Ajani Lebourne from St Lucia
Ajani Lebourne from St Lucia.
Ajani Lebourne from St Lucia.
Ajani Lebourne from St Lucia.

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Saint Lucia at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 29th June.

The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.

This year’s Award winner, twenty-year-old Ajani Lebourne from St Lucia, has been chosen in recognition of his work to empower students to ensure that their interests are represented at a local and national level.

Ajani will be representing Saint Lucia as he joins winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.

Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Ajani Lebourne, said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders Award offers a brilliant opportunity for me as a youth leader to assist the National Students Council in nurturing the talents of students.”

The 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues from tackling bullying in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street, as well as take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of global social media company Facebook. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

The programme will finish with the launch of the final ever search for the Queen’s Young Leaders. The application process to become a Queen’s Young Leader of 2018 opens at 09:00 p.m. BST on Thursday 29th June 2017, and this year is the last chance for young people to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader. The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Saint Lucia to join this important community of change-makers from across the Commonwealth.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion positive change that will last for generations to come. The residential programme is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group to improve people’s lives all over the Commonwealth. We are delighted that these young people are being recognised for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale.”

Details about how to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader, together with information about the 2017 Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, is available at


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  1. Proud of you my cuz. Keep reaching for the stars! I'm really proud of you. Do not mind the naysayers who comment on your outward look. Beauty and confidence comes from within. Love your not have to imitate anyone because you are original. Go Micoud! We produce beauty, brains and unrefined talents.


  2. And they say Micoud is POOR. I agree they are poor in material thing but not in knowledge, love and togetherness. I am not from Micoud but went to school with students from Micoud at VFSSS. That is where I first heard De apple. Good people. Money is not all


  3. G.W, I do wish that you would stop commenting sometimes. You started well and then you dropped the ball by commenting about his hair. What's wrong with his hair? Enough with your stupidity. That being said, congratulations young man. You are doing st.lucian proud, hairstyles, bowtie and all. You go all the way with your hairstyle. Thank you again.


  4. Go Ajani go, We are all so very proud of you.
    Thanks for trying to leave the world a better place than you meet it.


  5. congrats my g but if you going to see the queen and represent me as a st lucian in st lucia please comb your hair before going to the palace.
    you cah go there looking like a vagabond


  6. That's superb from our Village..Keep aspiring to great heights ...your mom is proud I know


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