Jamaica Coronavirus Community Champion
Commonwealth Point of Light 159. Sophia McKenzie
Sophia McKenzie, representing Jamaica, has been supporting her community through the pandemic by distributing welfare packs of food and hygiene essentials to vulnerable people.
In addition to this work, she has led on building an outhouse in a local school, which will allow education to continue as there will be sufficient space for social distancing. She is also leading an ongoing project to build a second gazebo on the school grounds which will function as an additional study area.
“This recognition is a great honour, one I never previously imagined and I am truly grateful. This award represents that which is right with Jamaica and the commonwealth, uplifting and supporting each other. I will continue on this path to curating a stronger Commonwealth, one small act of kindness at a time.”
Asif Ahmad CMG, UK High Commissioner in Jamaica, who presented Sophia with her award (pictured elbow-bumping below), said:
“It is well deserved as it takes immense character and selflessness to step up and impact the way Sophia has done and continue to do during the uncertainty of this pandemic. The work she has done in schools is particularly impressive given the many challenges those institutions and students are now faced with. Her principles of benevolence and volunteerism are one for Jamaicans of all ages to emulate and this award will continue to highlight these unsung heroes.”