TRINIDAD: Teocah Dove
Dove was named as one of 60 young leaders to be awarded The Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her volunteer work in youth development, women and gender advocacy, HIV/AIDS, human rights, poverty alleviation, and community development.
The 26-year-old first started volunteering at 16 and subsequently held roles as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, Country Coordinator of the U.S. Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago Youth Ambassador Programme, and serves as Trinidad and Tobago’s representative in the United Nations Development Programme—Caribbean Youth Think Tank.
“As I understand my calling, I reminisce on Hafsat Abiola’s quote, ‘Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are,'” she writes on her Facebook page. “One of my main aims is to empower others to achieve their maximum potential, secure their space, and contribute all that they have and all that they are. It is from giving of myself, I learn, I grow, I gain strength, wisdom, and humility. For me, this is what it truly means to be wealthy.”