Donnya Piggott, head of BGLAD (Barbados-Gays and Lesbians and All-sexuals Against Discrimination), is among 60 young people from the Commonwealth who will receive the first ever prestigious ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’.
BGLAD is a fledgling non-governmental organisation involved in advocacy on behalf of gays, lesbians, bi-sexual and transgender people in the Barbadian society.
The award, which will be presented in London by The Queen, is an award that celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
This year’s award winners, were selected because of the work they do to support others, by raising awareness and inspiring change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.
“I’m elated, happy for this award. What it does is it recognises the cause.”
Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Dr Astrid Bonfield said what Donnya and the other 59 recipients have achieved “is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring”.
“The leadership of talented young people in all spheres of life can transform communities and societies for the better. What the 60 young people announced today have achieved is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more.”
Dr Astrid Bonfield
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is a new initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society.
In addition to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the Programme will provide grants to support organizations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives.