Recognised for her work to address climate change, Lia represented Antigua and Barbuda at Buckingham Palace in London.
Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the commonwealth applied to be a ‘Queen’s Young Leader’, Lia said, “the award will provide a platform for me to connect with communities in different islands to fight against climate change.”
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.
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 even greater scale. •