As you know, we keep track of and sometimes chronicle the strivings of past Wadadli Pen finalists -not to claim any credit but to give them some shine.
Lia Nicholson brings us to this place today.
She is one of 60 people selected, as 2016 winds down, for the Queen’s (yes, Elizabeth ll, that Queen) Young Leaders Award, which “recognize(s) and celebrate(s) exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives.” Lia, an environmental technician attached to the Environment Division and who, I believe, is also active in the Environmental Awareness Group, is being recognized for her efforts in the area of climate change – the challenge of our times.
Lia was quoted in this announcement of the award as saying, “The Award will provide a platform for me to connect with communities in different islands in the fight against climate change.”
Here she is a year ago doing a TEDx Talk on this very topic:
We wish her well and celebrate her as not just an Antiguan and Barbudan doing important work in the world, but as a part of the Wadadli Pen family.
Lia’s History With Wadadli Pen:
She was a 15 year old student, based overseas, when she placed second in the inaugural Wadadli Pen Challenge in 2004 for her story Tekin Ahn Dey – Read the story here.
She volunteered with the programme as a media ambassador in our milestone 10th anniversary year, 2014, speaking on the media about what Wadadli Pen meant to her and revealing that her Wadadli Pen entry was re-purposed as the college essay that helped her get in to university.
As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Fish Outta Water, and, forthcoming, With Grace). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out http://jhohadli.wordpress.com Thanks.