Michelle Thomas is the current Director of Cultural Programmes at JAYECAN. Even though she has a heavy schedule as a practicing attorney-at-law, Michelle has a strong commitment to the service of others. Through her leadership, the team has created more than 5 projects with immeasurable impact across the island. Such projects include, Fi Wi Melting Pot, Herstory and the Heritage Ambassadors Project. The former Miss Kingston and St. Andrew Festival Queen was declared a finalist in the Commonwealth Youth Awards. Her award comes just short of 5 months when she was previously declared as a Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year for Jamaica.
The award is in recognition of her work with the ‘No Crime Movement’ that provides a platform to build support for a society based on respect for human rights. The project targets over 3,000 young people including women who were subjected to sexual abuse, young people who are in prison, and those living with disabilities, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) youth. Her work emphasizes an increase in citizen involvement and community-level policing.
As part of her award, Michelle will receive a trophy and a grant valued at £ 1ooo towards the continuation of her work.