(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – This week, as part of the biennial Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM), representatives from all over the 53 Commonwealth countries were in London to engage in the various forums. Many representatives at CHOGM 2018 were youth leaders who are causing change in their home countries.
Faustina Edward (SJC Class of 2013) and Shauna Charles (SJC Class of 2011) are this year’s Queens Young Leaders (QYL) Highly Commended Runners Up from St. Lucia.
On Wednesday evening, Faustina and 2017 Queens Young Leader award winner, Ajani Lebourne attended a dinner hosted by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust which brought together past and present Queens Young Leaders who were in London for CHOGM. Also present at the dinner were representatives from the Royal Commonwealth Society where both Faustina and Shauna will become Associate Fellows at the end of this year, Comic Relief and the University of Cambridge. Sir John Major, past UK Prime Minister who was also in attendance, encouraged the young leaders to continue pushing for change because it is their generation who will bring about reform all over. Shauna attended a reception hosted by current UK Prime Minister, Theresa May which afforded the national delegates, leaders and Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth countries an opportunity to mingle and network.
Charles, who is in London for CHOGM and Edward who currently resides in the UK met up at an event organised by the Queens Young Leaders team at the University of Cambridge called IT’S GOING TO BE GOOD.
The daylong event focused on attendees discussing ways they use their own power, how to share power and having discourse on how to be vulnerable in power. Speakers included past Queens Young Leaders, and leaders in various fields who work closely in youth empowerment. As quite a free-flowing event, it was an amazing opportunity to network with other attendees, hear background stories and how these phenomenal young people are causing change. The Caribbean region was well represented, with representatives from Jamaica, Dominica, Guyana and St. Lucia. The day ended with an evening VIP Reception bringing together the attendees, and some mentors and module leaders of the Queens Young Leaders programme.