Trinidad and Tobago
Commonwealth Point of Light 1. Len Peters
Len Peters, representing Trinidad and Tobago, is a turtle conservationist and chairman of the ‘Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association’ who protects 20,000 turtle nests every year.
Thanks to his educational work in local communities and regular patrols of the beaches, Trinidad and Tobago is now home to one of the densest leatherback nesting beaches in the world. Len’s work appeared on BBC’s ‘Blue Planet 2’ with Sir David Attenborough.
The award for Len Peters was presented by British High Commissioner, Tim Stew MBE, on 30th January 2018 at the High Commissioner’s Residence during a small ceremony.
“On behalf of the dedicated members of my organisation I am honoured to accept this Point of Light award. This award recognises many years of dedicated voluntary service by me and members of my community to protecting the environment and creating sustainable livelihoods. My acceptance of this award, on their behalf, will in some small way inspire others to see the value of voluntary service. I am truly honoured.”
British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Tim Stew MBE, said:
“Mr Peters has clearly demonstrated the capabilities and dedication that is true to many nationals of Trinidad and Tobago. As the first of 52 Commonwealth Points of Light I am proud to present him with this honour on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. I have no doubt that the good work being done in the Grand Riviere will continue, and that this award will continue to inspire young people in Trinidad and Tobago to make small changes within their communities.”
Above: Len Peters receiving his certificate from Tim Stew MBE, British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago
Len spoke with Tim Stew about what it means to receive a Point of Light award and his work to protect turtles in Trinidad and Tobago: