March 26, 2010
Vincentian wins CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Award

Vincentian national Fitz Bramble, the OAS Representative in Suriname, recently received the Caricom Youth Ambassadors anti-discrimination award.{{more}}

This award is given every year on International Anti-discrimination Day to an outstanding individual for their performance and activities against all forms of racism and discrimination.

Bramble, for his contribution to equality for all, received the anti-discrimination award from Caricom Youth Ambassadors Remy Belliot and Farah Khodabaks during a presentation ceremony at hotel Krasnapolsky.

Since assuming the office of OAS Representative in Suriname in 2005, Bramble has orchestrated the implementation of several OAS-funded projects addressing the development of youth and the involvement of all ethnic groups in Suriname.

A former national goalkeeper, Bramble has also established a youth football program which brings together youth from Suriname and from other countries who reside in Suriname.

Bramble said he intends to use this award as an inspiration to intensify his work with youth development and anti-discrimination.

“I am happy to have received this award but would not be using it to brandish in the face of others. I intend to use it as a symbol to motivate young persons as to what they can achieve if they are committed to a cause and work diligently in attaining set goals,” the eloquent Bramble said.

Bramble said that there are a number of youths who have fallen through the cracks and society has been very merciless in the way it has dealt with them. He, however, believes that there is a special talent in every young person, regardless of how truant they are, and it is imperative that some level of patience be exercised with them.

The award presentation took place at the closing of the anti-discrimination week, in which several activities were held by the Caricom Youth Ambassadors, the Youth Parliamentarians, and the Caricom Youth officers.