ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Montserrat’s Youth Officer Loni Howe was one of four youth workers honoured on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the opening of the Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Minister’s Meeting on Antigua.
Howe was a 2014 finalists for the international Commonwealth Youth Workers Award. The other finalists were Takisha Sten-Barnes, National Centre for Youth Development, Ministry of Youth and Culture in Jamaica; Steven Edwards, Founder, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, Transformation Through Theatre and Technology and Derrick Sharbodie, Founder and Manager for St James Police Youth Club of Trinidad & Tobago.
Sharbodie was the eventual Caribbean Regional Winner for the Commonwealth Youth Workers Award for 2014.
All of the finalists received commemorative awards during Wednesday’s session, which was attended by the Hon. Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Montserrat’s Minister of Youth Affairs Mrs Delmaude Ryan was also in attendance.
Loni Howe is a Youth Officer in the Montserrat government. In this role, she has managed several youth-related projects, including HYPE (Helping Youth Prepare for Employment), an apprenticeship and mentoring programme for young people. She is also the founder of the Montserrat National Youth Choir.