Solomon Islands Scouts Association
Commonwealth Point of Light 208. Joe Billy Oge
Joe Billy Oge, representing Solomon Islands, aged 45, is Chief Commissioner of the ‘Solomon Islands Scouts Association’ (SISA) and has been a key figure in the organisation's transformation and revitalisation in the country.
Joe’s leadership was instrumental in seeing the ‘Solomon Islands Scout Association’ accepted into the ‘World Organisation of Scout Movements’ for the first time. Joe has also led projects to construct waterproof shelters for homeless children, delivered programmes to improve climate change awareness, and encouraged more women and girls to take part in the Scouts, making ‘Solomon Islands Scout Association’ one of the most gender-diverse and balanced organisations in the country.
“I would like to thank the British Government through the office of the former British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Dr Brian Jones for my nomination to this award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Scout Leaders and Volunteers in Solomon Islands, both past and present, for the tireless work that you have contributed to the Scout Movement.
“Through the Pandemic the Scouts Association in Solomon received its standing at the World Level as the 172nd Member of WOSM. Let us continue to give to this generation and prepare them to take on the challenges of this age.”
Tom Coward, British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and Nauru, said:
“I am so pleased that Joe is being recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for his outstanding work as both and educator and a champion for youth in Solomon Islands. Through his work in the ‘Solomon Islands Scout Association’, Joe has helped young people to learn, grow and to make a positive impact in their community.”