Scotiabank Community Program
UTECH Student Receives Scotiabank Community Program Award
Neville Charlton, recipient of the 2014 Scotiabank Community Program Award from Scotiabank, excitedly examines the IPad he had just received, much to the delight of Joylene Griffiths Irving, Executive Director of ScotiaFoundation. Charlton receive the award based for his dedication to helping others through organisations such as the Silverstone Citizen's Association, and the Jamaica Hurdles Crew. The Scotiabank Community Program award recognizes youth who make outstanding contributions to their communities.
University of Technology student, Neville Charlton, is this year's recipient of the Scotiabank Community Program award. The passionate 23 year old received the award for this volunteerism with the Silverstone Citizen's Association, and the Jamaica Hurdles Crew. For his efforts he received an IPad Air tablet, as well as USD$2,500 to be donated to charities of his choice.
Neville's life of volunteerism began at the tender age of 8. Inspired by his aunt, he joined a local Path Finder group, and continued to be involved in volunteerism throughout high school, including work with Junior Achievement Jamaica. Now a student at the University of Technology he decided to start his own foundation called The Positive organization. Neville is also involved in volunteerism through the Governor General's "I Believe: foundation as an ambassador, and mentoring at the Holy Trinity high school.
Giving back in significant ways, are in tandem with Scotiabank's core values. The Scotiabank Community Program award recognizes youth who make outstanding contributions to their communities. According to Joylene Griffiths Irving, Scotiabanks Community Program Awards is The Banks way of recognising youth across the world. We encourage youth with passion and commitment to get involved in making a difference."
"Thumbs up - everything's going to be alright" is his signature gesture. Upon receiving the award, he expressed his gratitude by giving his own thumbs up saying, "Scotiabank is a great company which has a philanthropic spirit that I love." Neville will hand the money over to the executive members of both organisations. Plans are already in place, with the Silverstone Citizens Association to fix the park, and create a recreational facility for the community. For the Jamaica Hurdles Crew, monies will be used for the purchase of branding materials and resources to aid with volunteering.
Neville says he will continue to try to encourage youth from all across the nation to do volunteerism in an effort to, "…be the change that you want to see in Jamaica." And it's fun too, "In our groups, we not only do volunteerism, we also have fun by going out, doing hiking, as well as connecting youth to people who will help with their personal development", says Neville.
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