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Caribbean Young Leaders among 60 Awarded at Reception Hosted by Her Majesty the Queen

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Queen Elizabeth II joins Young Leaders from across the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, (back row left to right) Alain Nteff (Cameroon), Samuel Karuita (Kenya), Karuna Rana (Mauritius), Isaiah Owolabi (Nigeria), Nosipho Bele (South Africa), Given Edward (Tanzania), Brighton Kaoma (Zambia), Donnya Piggott (Barbados), Kellyn George (Dominica), Javon Liburd (Saint Kitts & Nevis), Khairunnisa Ash'ari (Brunei Darussalam), Nicola Byrom (United Kingdom), Zoe Jackson (United Kingdom), Tabitha Besley (New Zealand), Christina Houaisuta (Solomon Islands), (third row left to right) Mallah Enow Tabot (Cameroon), Caren Nelima Odanga (Kenya), Tanyaradzwa Daringo (Namibia), Nadia Hitimana (Rwanda), Emma Dicks (South Africa), Angela Benedicto Mnagoza (Tanzania), Regina Mtonga (Zambia), Denielle Neal (Belize), Leroy Phillips (Guyana), Kenville Horne (St.Vincent & The Grenadines), Ashwini Angadi (India), K Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe (Sri Lanka), Edmund Page (United Kingdom), John Taka (Papua New Guinea), Willy Missack (Vanuatu), (second row left to right) Nondumiso Hlophe (Swaziland), unidentified woman, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (Cameroon), Barkha Mossae (Mauritius), Nkechikwu Azinge (Nigeria), Jean D'Amour Mutoni (Rwanda), Patrice Madurai (South Africa), Diana Nakaweesa (Uganda), Alicia Wallace (Bahamas), Melissa Kargiannakis (Canada), Jerome Cowans (Jamaica), Teocah Dove (Trinidad and Tobago), Akshay Jadhao (India), Kavindya Thennakoon (Sri Lanka), Kate Row (Australia), Erna Takazawa (Samoa), Aaron Joseph Pinto (Canada), (front row sitting left to right)) Abdikadir Aden Hassan (Kenya), Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo (Mauritius), Kelvin Ogholi (Nigeria), Philip Cole (Sierra Leone), Deo Sekandi (Ugaa ) at Buckingham Palace to celebrate The Queen's Young Leaders programme and present awards to the first successful winners of the Commonwealth project on June 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons/WPA poo/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22:  Queen Elizabeth II joins Young Leaders from across the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, (back row left to right) Alain Nteff (Cameroon), Samuel Karuita (Kenya), Karuna Rana (Mauritius), Isaiah Owolabi (Nigeria), Nosipho Bele (South Africa), Given Edward (Tanzania), Brighton Kaoma (Zambia), Donnya Piggott (Barbados), Kellyn George (Dominica), Javon Liburd (Saint Kitts & Nevis), Khairunnisa Ash'ari (Brunei Darussalam), Nicola Byrom (United Kingdom), Zoe Jackson (United Kingdom), Tabitha Besley (New Zealand), Christina Houaisuta (Solomon Islands), (third row left to right) Mallah Enow Tabot (Cameroon), Caren Nelima Odanga (Kenya), Tanyaradzwa Daringo (Namibia), Nadia Hitimana (Rwanda), Emma Dicks (South Africa), Angela Benedicto Mnagoza (Tanzania), Regina Mtonga (Zambia), Denielle Neal (Belize), Leroy Phillips (Guyana), Kenville Horne (St.Vincent & The Grenadines), Ashwini Angadi (India), K Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe (Sri Lanka), Edmund Page (United Kingdom), John Taka (Papua New Guinea), Willy Missack (Vanuatu),  (second row left to right) Nondumiso Hlophe (Swaziland), unidentified woman, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (Cameroon), Barkha Mossae (Mauritius), Nkechikwu Azinge (Nigeria), Jean D'Amour Mutoni (Rwanda), Patrice Madurai (South Africa), Diana Nakaweesa (Uganda), Alicia Wallace (Bahamas), Melissa Kargiannakis (Canada), Jerome Cowans (Jamaica), Teocah Dove (Trinidad and Tobago), Akshay Jadhao (India), Kavindya Thennakoon (Sri Lanka), Kate Row (Australia), Erna Takazawa (Samoa), Aaron Joseph Pinto (Canada),  (front row sitting left to right)) Abdikadir Aden Hassan (Kenya), Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo (Mauritius), Kelvin Ogholi (Nigeria), Philip Cole (Sierra Leone), Deo Sekandi (Ugaa ) at Buckingham Palace to celebrate The Queen's Young Leaders programme and present awards to the first successful winners of the Commonwealth project on June 22, 2015 in London, England.   (Photo by Steve Parsons/WPA poo/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 22: Queen Elizabeth II joins Young Leaders from across the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, (back row left to right) Alain Nteff (Cameroon), Samuel Karuita (Kenya), Karuna Rana (Mauritius), Isaiah Owolabi (Nigeria), Nosipho Bele (South Africa), Given Edward (Tanzania), Brighton Kaoma (Zambia), Donnya Piggott (Barbados), Kellyn George (Dominica), Javon Liburd (Saint Kitts & Nevis), Khairunnisa Ash’ari (Brunei Darussalam), Nicola Byrom (United Kingdom), Zoe Jackson (United Kingdom), Tabitha Besley (New Zealand), Christina Houaisuta (Solomon Islands), (third row left to right) Mallah Enow Tabot (Cameroon), Caren Nelima Odanga (Kenya), Tanyaradzwa Daringo (Namibia), Nadia Hitimana (Rwanda), Emma Dicks (South Africa), Angela Benedicto Mnagoza (Tanzania), Regina Mtonga (Zambia), Denielle Neal (Belize), Leroy Phillips (Guyana), Kenville Horne (St.Vincent & The Grenadines), Ashwini Angadi (India), K Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe (Sri Lanka), Edmund Page (United Kingdom), John Taka (Papua New Guinea), Willy Missack (Vanuatu), (second row left to right) Nondumiso Hlophe (Swaziland), unidentified woman, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (Cameroon), Barkha Mossae (Mauritius), Nkechikwu Azinge (Nigeria), Jean D’Amour Mutoni (Rwanda), Patrice Madurai (South Africa), Diana Nakaweesa (Uganda), Alicia Wallace (Bahamas), Melissa Kargiannakis (Canada), Jerome Cowans (Jamaica), Teocah Dove (Trinidad and Tobago), Akshay Jadhao (India), Kavindya Thennakoon (Sri Lanka), Kate Row (Australia), Erna Takazawa (Samoa), Aaron Joseph Pinto (Canada), (front row sitting left to right)) Abdikadir Aden Hassan (Kenya), Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo (Mauritius), Kelvin Ogholi (Nigeria), Philip Cole (Sierra Leone), Deo Sekandi (Ugaa ) at Buckingham Palace to celebrate The Queen’s Young Leaders programme and present awards to the first successful winners of the Commonwealth project on June 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons/WPA poo/Getty Images)

At a Reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace some 60 Young people from throughout the Commonwealth were presented with Young Leaders awards by the Queen herself . The event marked the culmination of The Queen’s Young Leaders programme and the first successful winners of the Commonwealth project were presented with the awards on June 22, 2015.
St.Kitts-Nevis’ Javon “Pluto” Liburd was one of the 60 awardees. In a Social Media post he gave his account of his experience about his brief encounter with Her Majesty the Queen whilst she presented him with his award .

“Her Majesty : Hi Javon I think this is yours?
Liburd: Is it your Majesty? Thank you!
Her Majesty : Lovely”

Javon Liburd -Queen

St.Kitts-Nevis’ Javon Liburd being presented with his Award by HRH

Liburd commented on the experience and stated “Very difficult explaining this feeling.
Im forever thankful for this moment. Meeting her majesty was amazing and chit chatting with her after (a minute tops) about St.kitts and Nevis, felt so unreal. Proud to rep #869 and would do so until I die.”
8 Young Persons from the Caribbean received awards including Donnya Piggott (Barbados), Kellyn George (Dominica), Javon Liburd (Saint Kitts & Nevis), Denielle Neal (Belize), Leroy Phillips (Guyana), Kenville Horne (St.Vincent & The Grenadines), Alicia Wallace (Bahamas), Jerome Cowans (Jamaica), Teocah Dove (Trinidad and Tobago),

Caribbean Awardee

Caribbean Awardee

The Queens Young Leaders Awards is an initiative which seeks to award exceptional young people who’ve proved themselves to be inspiring leaders in their communities. Many of whom overcame challenges in their lives to do so.
Javon LiburdThis unique, life-changing Award is comprised of a tailored package of training and mentoring. Winners received a one-week residential programme in the UK, during which they will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.
With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.
Eligible young people can apply or be nominated for an Award. Applications are now open for the 2016 Awards.

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