We were very happy to be contacted recently by a representative from the Volunteering Team at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to inform us that one of our former volunteers, Queena Lee, had been honoured with a Points of Light award, a recognition from the government of people who have been inspirational in their volunteering.
This isn’t the first time we’ve written about Queena receiving recognition for the work she has done, having been awarded the Young Achiever title at the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association awards earlier this year. It also comes as no surprise to us, knowing the amount of enthusiasm and commitment Queena puts into her volunteering, but we are none-the-less more than pleased for her to have received another reward for her efforts.
During her time volunteering with ACE, Queena was responsible for coordinating her fellow students at Cardiff Sixth Form College who were giving their time to volunteer at The Learning Club, our out-of-school learning provision in Cardiff that aims to raise the confidence and enjoyment of learning of local children. As well as supporting children at the sessions herself, she would ensure that students were available for our weekly sessions and able to get to and from the sessions easily.
Though she has had to end her volunteering at ACE to pursue her studies in London, she is continuing to volunteer and squeeze in an amazing number of roles around a heavy university workload.
We are delighted for Queena to receive this award and hope that she continues to be recognised for the difference she is making as well as the inspiration she is providing to others to get involved in the valuable world of volunteering.