Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth, recognized Joe Billy Oge, Representative of the Solomon Islands, as the 208th recipient of the Commonwealth Points of Light Award in honor of his outstanding volunteer service to the Solomon Islands Scout Association ”.

Joe Billy Oge, 45, is the Chief Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Scout Association (SISA) and has been a key figure in transforming and revitalizing the organization in the country. Joe’s leadership was instrumental in the acceptance for the first time of the “Solomon Islands Scout Association” into the “World Organization of Scout Movements”.

Joe has also led projects to build waterproof shelters for homeless children, set up programs to raise awareness of climate change, and encouraged more women and girls to participate in Scouts, making ‘the difference. Solomon Islands Scout Association ”one of the most diverse and balanced. organizations in the country.

As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London 2018, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – thanks the inspiring volunteers from the 54 Commonwealth countries for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond, recognizing a volunteer from each Commonwealth of Nations each week.

By sharing these stories of service, the Commonwealth Points of Light Awards celebrate inspiring acts of volunteerism across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackle some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Joe said:

I would like to thank the UK Government through the office of the former UK High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Dr Brian Jones, for being nominated for this award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Solomon Islands Scout Leaders and Volunteers, past and present, for the tireless work you have contributed to the Scout movement.

Thanks to the pandemic, the Solomon Scout Association obtained its status at the world level as the 172nd member of the “World Organization of Scout Movements”. Let us continue to give to this generation and prepare it to meet the challenges of this time.

Tom Coward, British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and Nauru, said:

I am very happy that Joe is recognized by Her Majesty The Queen for his outstanding work as an educator and champion of the Solomon Islands youth. Through his work with the “Solomon Islands Scout Association,” Joe has helped young people learn, grow and make a positive impact in their communities.

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 54 nations working together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The heads of government meeting brought together leaders from all 54 member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree on how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people.

Volunteer service is an essential part of this program, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognize outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.