19-y-o gets PM’s nation builder award
Chad Rattray, 19, of Maryland district, St Andrew, was one of 47 people who where awarded at the Prime Minister's Youth Awards for Excellence, which was held on Saturday, November 20, on the lawns of Jamaica House.
The law major at the University of the West Indies (UWI) was awarded for his contribution to nation-building.
"My heart is filled with gratitude as I've been bestowed with this great honour of receiving the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Nation Building. Come 2020 marks my fifth year of service in youth development. It has not been an easy journey, but I have an amazing God, a strong family and my supportive circle of friends, and a field of supporters that continue to inspire me and cheer me on to do more," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.
Last year, he assisted over 3,000 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) students by putting on Caribbean studies marathons.
"This was done through both physical and online means. The aim is to maximise on regional and national awards," he shared.
Rattray is currently the president of the Jamaica Millennium Vision for Youth.
He told THE WEEKEND STAR that he has developed a passion to serve others.
"Since the young age of 15, I've had this abundance of energy and passion to serve people. If you know me, you know that I don't do volunteerism for awards or recognition but because I genuinely have a love and passion to serve people. Big up every other organisation I've served in since. I can't thank you all enough," he said.
The former Kingston College head boy dedicated his award to the youth of the country.
"This award is for the youths in hospital, the youth who society have marginalised, the youth who have been giving back to their community relentlessly, and the youths who want a better Jamaica. I stand firm as a proud ambassador for my country and will continue my service," he said.