Belizean Awarded by Queen Elizabeth for Exemplary COVID-19 Service

by McNab Editorial Team

Everyday, millions of people act on their power for good. These individuals use their hearts, hands, and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems. As such, the Point of Light Awards is an homage to their stories to inspire others so we may each, in our own way, answer the call to make a difference. Importantly, Belizean born-and-raised Michele Irving of Dangriga, was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the 139th Commonwealth Point of Light award recipient on May 29. The British High Commission happily announced that Michele is honored for her exceptional voluntary service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the crisis, Michele coordinated the provision of goods and assistance, helping the elderly, survivors of gender-based violence, and people living with HIV in her hometown. Michele is also working with local NGOs to ensure that access to sexual and reproductive health services is maintained during the pandemic.

Michele Irving and friends celebrate her award at Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga (photo credit).

“It is indeed both humbling and exhilarating to be recognized for what I love to do. My life’s work is rooted in helping others. It is fueled by a sense of equity, equality and justice; that is deeply rooted in my love and respect for humanity. ‘A luta continua’.

-Michele Irving 

The Commonwealth Points of Light Award

A part of the legacy from the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government London Meeting, Her Majesty The Queen is thanking inspirational volunteers for their work. Individuals across the 54 Commonwealth nations are being awarded for the difference they make at home, and beyond. The Commonwealth Points of Light awards celebrate inspirations acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth. Additionally, the award helps inspire others to make their own contributions amidst great social challenges of our time. For more information on Michele Irving’s award and recognition by Her Majesty the Queen, contact Julian Tower.

Photos Courtesy: The British High Commission

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