On the 27th October 2012, exactly one year since we laid Chanel-Lee to rest, we attended the 4th annual youth 4th excellence awards for 2012. This splendid event took place at the prestigious Garden Suite at the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.
The event saw a number of young people celebrated for their excellent and inspiring achievements. Award winners included Serena and Stephen McCormack from Masters Touch, a youth drama organisation who won the award for youth organisation of excellence.
Our very own Deborah Lee was awarded an award for Parent of Excellence for her dedication to honouring the dreams and ambitions of the her daughter through the Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation.
Nina King of Ashanti Netball was also awarded an award for parenting excellence for her work with young female netball players.
The evening then proceeded to award youth of excellence in a variety of categories. Winners were as follows:
Rem Conway won the arts award for his passion for the arts and culture.
Alisha Harris won the Academic achievement and positive attitude towards learning Alicia also won youth of excellence of the year award Sunjay Kholi won the The Good Samaritan Award for demonstrating a passion for helping others in the community.
Jak Uddin won the entrepreneurial award for Myles Durrant-Sutherland won the sportsmanship award for demonstrating his passion for and achieving in sports and athletics.
Olivia Hinds won the Endurance award for showing strength of character, self motivation and courage in the face of difficult situations.
And the very first Chanel-lee Smile award was presented to Ellison Porter. This award, endorsed by the foundation is presented to young person who has demonstrated a sense of compassion and empathy towards others in the community through acts of kindness, peer support and mentorship. Congratulations to you Ellison.
The night was hosted by Ashley Hesson aka Smash who kept the audience entertained with his cheeky antics.
We were also treated to entertainment from very talented young artists Slim Blue, Melika Queely, Pressurize, Pierre Da Silver and Natty Joshia.
The Chanel-Lee Smile Foundation would like to commends the work of Talisha & Esha Johnson and their team for their work which profiles and highlights the positivity of young people across the city. We congratulate you and salute your fantastic work and we look forward to attending in 2013.