Nolan Parairu will have that honour next Wednesday when he will receive his Young Leaders Award together with 60 other young people from around the Commonwealth who have been recognised this year.
For 26 year old Patrick, it will be a special occasion he will remember all his life, I’m sure, but all the more special that his award was made as Her Majesty turned 90 this year.
Last time, the Solomon Islands was represented at the awards ceremony by Christina Houaisuta who won her award in 2014.
Patrick was given his award for founding a group to reduce youth crime in the country through advocacy.
I am confident many will share Patrick’s pride in being this year’s representative from the Solomon Island and, like I, wish him a safe journey and a momentous, special occasion.
I thank Sir Thomas Chan for attending to Patrick as he sets off for England and the Palace.