Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 10:41 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Today the British High Commission in Belize announced that Belizean Jessie Young been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II with a Commonwealth Points of Light award, celebrating outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth.
Jessie, a resident from Bermudian Landing Village has been a pillar of her community.
She founded the first-ever Biscayne private pre-school (kindergarten) in her home and is a strong advocate for the environment and conservation.
Jessie was instrumental in establishing the world-famous Community Baboon Sanctuary and Belize’s first natural history Museum in Bermudian Landing Village.
She has empowered communities, helped improve vocational capabilities, and encouraged small business development. Jessie is also a strong voice on women’s issues and gender equality and a counselor for domestic violence.
“I am deeply honored and extremely grateful to be honored with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award. To know that my efforts are acknowledged at this level makes me very grateful and motivated to continue the work ahead. Thank You,” Young said.
“The Commonwealth Points of Light Award bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen to Jessie Marina Young is a testament to the exemplary volunteering found across Belize and the Commonwealth. I am delighted to celebrate Jessie’s selfless commitment to her community whether it is establishing her home as a pre-school, supporting the relief efforts of the Belize Red Cross and the work of the Belize Women’s Department or actively championing programs and activities that provide alternative livelihoods to residents in her community, especially to women and youth. She is also an advocate in preserving the environment e.g. in helping establish the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Jessie is clearly an inspiration to many. Many congratulations to Jessie on her Commonwealth Points of Light Award,” said Claire Evans OBE, UK High Commissioner in Belize,
BBN joins the British High Commission Team in congratulating Jessie on her award and wishing everyone a Happy Women’s Month!
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