Barbadian Corey Lane has received the 57th Commonwealth Point of Light Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 in honour of his exceptional voluntary service helping young people to develop their leadership skills.
Corey has created a fully working farm to provide a positive alternative to young Barbadians at risk of falling into a life of crime. He started out with one horse, a crop of lettuce plants and some rabbits in his grandmother’s backyard and has grown the ‘Nature Fun Ranch’ into a thriving charity. Relocated on a larger site, the ranch is now home to 16 horses and a range of sports facilities including an archery space and obstacle course. The young people who attend cultivate watermelons, squash, and peppers, distributing their harvests to the local public hospitals. Over 2,000 young people have visited the ranch where they developed leadership skills, learned about healthy lifestyles, and integrated positively with the local community.
As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this year, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond, by recognising one volunteer from each Commonwealth country each week in the two years following the summit. This follows an earlier round of awards to Commonwealth volunteers before the meeting, in which fellow Barbadian Kemar Saffrey was recognized.
Accepting the award, Corey said, “I’m extremely happy to be the second Commonwealth Point of Light for Barbados. Just ten days ago, I celebrated 20 years of service through the Nature Fun Ranch… This is where we created an innovative and adventurous way of getting at-risk young people to become citizens of excellence. At this time I feel recharged, fired up and ready to go for another 20 years. Thank you for this honour.”
UK High Commissioner in Barbados Janet Douglas who was in attendance, said, “I am pleased that Corey Lane has been chosen. Through his outstanding work with the Nature Fun Ranch and other community initiatives, Corey has made a sterling contribution by turning around the lives of at-risk teens in Barbados. Volunteering can make a real difference to communities, and Corey’s work shows what can be achieved.”
Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalized certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Corey was presented this morning at Government House, by Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason.
The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy, and peace. The Heads of Government meeting brought together leaders from all the 53 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognize outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.