THANKING OUR 2021 DIANA AWARD JUDGING PANEL THIS VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK
Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Join us this year to recognise the fantastic contribution our volunteer judges have made to this year’s Diana Award.
7 June 2021
THE DIANA AWARD JUDGING PANEL 2021
Princess Diana was a remarkable humanitarian who believed young people can change the world. Inspired by her legacy, I nominated Córa-Laine Moynihan who received the Diana Legacy Award in 2019. This magnificent experience motivated me to volunteer as a Judge and assist other changemakers to receive this prestigious accolade.
The Diana Award recognises young changemakers whose work echoes the values and principles of Princess Diana’s monumental legacy. I am therefore honoured beyond words to contribute to this noble cause by serving on the award’s Judging Panel.
I am honoured to be part of a programme that celebrates such outstanding young individuals!
I’m a massive believer in that how we live our lives is our message to the World, and so we ought to make it an inspiring one. The Diana Awards is heaving with inspiring young individuals and all of whom have this desire to spread kindness into their communities. I am passionate about applauding and celebrating these incredible people.
The Award’s mission to celebrate young people who leading on positive change in their communities resonates personally with me.
All young people can mould and shape the future in order to make other peoples lives better.
Having missed out on opportunities to be and do more while growing up. I’ve always being at the center of activities by individuals and organisations genuinely encouraging young people doing great things. There was no better platform to keep cheering youths on than the Diana Award Judging Panel whom their work genuinely showed they had young people at heart.
MICHAEL ABIODUN OLATOKUN
Hearing the stories of passionate young people from around the world inspires me and uplifts me. Many of those my panel assessed had experienced extreme poverty and turned around both their lives and those of their families in crafting solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Judging those nominations fills me with optimism that the world will become a better place.
Being a Diana Award recipient has been such a special experience—as young changemakers, the support, opportunities, and endless inspiration that the Diana Award family provide are invaluable in helping to amplify our work and impact. I’m so grateful to be part of such a wonderful community and applied to be a 2021 judge as it would be an honour to help identify the next round of Diana Award recipients!
GEORGINA LARA BOOTH
As an International Diana Award Winner myself, it is such a great joy to see the amazing work that the next generation is doing to make a positive change and lasting impact on the world. I therefore got involved as a Diana Award Judge to recognise all those young and inspiring individuals for the selfless work that they are doing to improve the lives of others and their communities, which will hopefully motivate the next generations after them to do the same as well.
I first learned of The Diana Award through an inspiring award recipient – Ananya Jain – and was so taken with the work of this amazing global youth charity. I knew instantly I wanted to support the fantastic work of the award recipients, mentees, and the entire team who are making a positive difference in our world.
Volunteering as a Diana Award judge adds a touch of mindfulness and pride into my day, it was a privilege to uplift and support projects and individuals making impact for the sake of good.
I have an inherent desire and zeal to celebrate the achievements of young change-makers who have an undying passion to serve their society. Let’s inspire and applaud the next generation for positive change!
As a previous recipient of the Diana Award, I was very keen to be able to give back to the initiative the community at large while also helping to shape the next generation of leaders and change makers. The opportunity to judge the Diana Award gave me just that. That was my primary inspiration to get involved with the judging process, and I in turn also gained a lot of insight from working with judges from around the world & learning the pathbreaking journeys taken by the nominees in their quest to make a difference!
As a 2019 Legacy Award recipient, I first-hand experienced how The Diana Award can be an impact multiplier for young change-makers. Getting involved with The Diana Award Judging Panel gave me an opportunity to help highlight the incredible work that young people are doing to improve their communities across the world.
Despite one of the most challenging years in history, these young people have created incredible and long lasting projects that will help change the lives of their peers and communities for years to come. It was an honour to be part of this panel and bear witness to such amazing work.
I am thrilled to be able to shine a light on the inspirational young people making positive changes in their communities.
I’m always excited to get involved with initiatives that recognise and bring attention to the high-impact work that young people are doing to make the world a better place. Having been a Diana Award recipient myself, this was a great opportunity to contribute towards selecting another class of passionate change-makers.
I received my Diana Award thirteen years ago and now being a Judge for the next generation of the nominees makes me extremely proud to be doing a full circle and truly honoured to be a part of those receiving the prestigious Award. I can’t wait to follow their journeys.
Having the opportunity to learn about these truly inspiring individuals is a key reason for my involvement. Furthermore, I am intrigued to find out how much they have achieved in this short space of time and to envision how bright their future will be. I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to contribute in any capacity towards this.
I am proud to be helping different voices be heard and to be celebrating the impact that can be made when someone believes they can make change.
The younger generation are the future generation and doing amazing work, so to be small part in recognising the incredible efforts they have been going to, is a very proud moment.
As a Diana Award winner myself in its first year, I was honoured and privileged to be chosen as a judge this time. I felt the desire to give something back to the awards. I am inspired and humbled to be associated in all forms of work with Diana Award.
Young people are making profound, positive contributions to local, regional and global social justice issues. I am really proud to recognise and celebrate the next generation of leaders, thinkers and role models, and think it is really important that they are given the support and encouragement to continue to make waves.
Young people are absolutely incredible, filled with passion, creativity and energy to bring forward transformational change in the world around us. I was involved in The Diana Award last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was honoured to participate again this year and was once again blown away by the inspirational young people.
Judging with the Diana Award is a joy. Each year I learn from peer judges and deep dive into stories of inspiring impact. Shining the spotlight to elevate and empower youth locally and globally.
I’ve been a part of the Diana Award family since I got my award in 2018 and I’ve loved getting involved in events and campaigns ever since. Getting the opportunity to be a judge this year was a humbling experience and I’m proud to support this charity.
After such a challenging year, particularly for young people, I believe it’s more important than ever to celebrate the social action work young change makers are involved in, to bring hope and inspire others to spread kindness and make a positive difference in their own communities.
It was a pleasure to learn about the amazing array of projects and individuals who make a positive impact in their communities, especially during some difficult circumstances. It was inspiring to see the amazing dedication and commitment of young people here in the UK and across the World.
The organisation caught my eye because of how it spotlighted and celebrated the achievements of such a range of young people with different backgrounds, challenges and accomplishments. When I saw the judging panel opportunity it seemed a great way to support that and gain some insight and inspiration from all these young people.
I think it is so important to recognise and celebrate the amazing contribution young people are making to their communities all over the world, to encourage them to keep doing such great things and motivate others to step up and join in.
I feel as though I have gone full circle in terms of my involvement with the Diana Awards. Many years ago as Principal and CEO of a Princess Diana former school West Heath I used to encourage my students to enter the Diana Awards. Over the years several of them won an award and I was privileged to be able to attend the award ceremony with my young, excited, nervous and always proud young person. Now here in 2021 I am for the first time a judge, and I have to say it has been an amazing experience.
Esther has written articles to celebrate young achievements, bring awareness to social issues – amplifying voices that need to be heard within our communities. Esther is passionate about personal development and hopes to create an environment where young people are able to strive, uncover their purpose and passion.
Our young people, who are doing great things in their communities and beyond, need to be celebrated, have allies and role models. The Awards does precisely that, and these legends are our future. Through some of the work I’m involved in, I know the lasting impact The Awards will have.
I get so inspired and feel a huge sense of pride when I seeing the incredible difference young people can make to create lasting and positive change in communities across the world.
I have seen the positive impact The Diana Award has on recognising and supporting work by children and young people and it was an honour to take part in the process to award this year’s nominees
Princess Diana used her influence and platform to try and break stigmas. She was deeply passionate about certain causes and even put her life at risk to make a statement. This is perfectly in line with the nominees for The Diana Award. They are all individuals who go above and beyond to make a change in other people’s lives. I wanted to be part of The Diana Award to help continue her legacy and shine a light on those stepping in her footsteps.
An unshakeable belief that young people at their best are this nation’s greatest ambassadors for which deserved recognition and a celebration of their efforts must be our high calling. Encouraging young people to engage, contribute and invest in shaping civic society reaps treasures hugely benefiting this nation.
My inspiration for getting involved with the Diana Awards Panel was because of all the wonderful people I have met on my journey since becoming a recipient myself. The work that the Diana Awards do with young people informing and bringing them together in order to go even further in their efforts to change the world is truly fantastic. I wanted to give a little bit back and in doing so I have been rewarded tenfold with everyone’s real life and amazing stories.
As a Diana award winner myself, I am proud to promote the award and the fantastic work it does. It’s so important we recognise, support and encourage the future generations who are having a positive impact on their communities.
I wanted to learn about the outstanding and inspirational work being done by the Diana Award recipients and have the privilege of playing a small role, in recognising and celebrating their incredible achievements.
The Diana Award offers such a wonderful platform to celebrate the work that brilliant young people are doing worldwide. To be able to contribute to the success of the organisation fills me with immeasurable pride- I couldn’t recommend it enough.
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER PANEL
I am really proud to have been part of the Judges Panel and I was really inspired when reading the applications.
Rosie is a civil servant and previously co-founded an online ethical spice retailer. Prior to that, Rosie had the privilege of working with many students preparing them for their GCSEs and other academic pursuits.
In what has been an extremely challenging time for everyone over the past year, I am proud to be able to support, encourage and recognise young people across the world that are making positive changes, not only within in their communities, but on a global level.