2019 Halo Hero Humanitarian Award Recipient: Jahrel Pelle

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Mr. Jahrel Pelle – The Halo Humanitarian Award – Tertiary Level – For humanitarian services rendered to the community

Mr Jahrel Pelle is a dedicated, passionate and goal oriented young man. He was born in the beautiful twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda and he is the son of Rupert and Carol Pelle. Jahrel is 20 years old and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at the Saint Mary’s University and later hopes to become an Optometrist as his grandmother suffered from Glaucoma, and now his father along with himself have been diagnosed with this eye disease. Therefore, by becoming a specialist in eye care, Jahrel will be able to offer a great service to his family and also to his community. 

This vibrant young man believes that he would be able to make his dream a reality, and will never let anything deter him from doing so. Over the past few years Jahrel has made many achievements. He was the valedictorian of the Villa Primary and the Antigua Grammar School where he also served as head boy. While at the Antigua Grammar School, he was apart of the Jr. Science Quiz Team, Debating Team and A.G.S Steel Orchestra, demonstrating that through hard work and determination, one can become very successful and reap many benefits. Jahrel has a deep affection for music, he loves listening to various genres of music. He enjoys playing the violin, and is also a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

To date Mr Pelle has made many achievements in his life, but his most important accomplishments would be in the area of humanitarian work. Jahrel was an active member of the St. Johns Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinder Club, and is now involved in the Advent Youth Ministry. By taking part in these ministries, Jahrel was able carry out frequent visits to Elderly homes within Antigua, and to the Project Hope Community Centre. He willingly participated in the free distribution of hot soup, breakfast, clothing, toys and books to individuals in the community. Every mindful of his long term goal of qualifying as an optometrist he volunteered at Dr. Jillia Bird’s Office, where he was able to learn new techniques and the opportunity to assist Dr. Bird at various summer camps across Antigua and Barbuda. The camps provided great practical experiences for Jahrel as well as the children who attended. Jahrel is also an active member of the Saint Mary’s University Halo Society which seeks to offer aid and give back to its community in any way possible.

All this paved the way for Jahrel as he was awarded the Henley and Partners Hero Scholarship managed by the Halo Foundation. Jahrel expresses his deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Halo Foundation for his selection as the 2018 Halo Humanitarian Award Recipient. 

Jahrel believes that he could be the individual to pave the way for the youth in his community to aspire to reach their full potential and to never let anything hinder them from attaining their goals. It is his belief that through hard work, determination and faith in God, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. 

Mr. Jahrel Pelle – The Halo Humanitarian Award – Tertiary Level – For humanitarian services rendered to the community

His Excellency, The Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams KGN, GCMG, KSt.J, MBBS, Grand Master of the Chancery of the Orders and Decorations of Antigua and Barbuda, has been graciously pleased after consultation with the Chancellor, to present the Governor General’s Personal Honours on Tuesday August 13, 2019.