Here’s to Commonwealth Youth Award Winner Brianna Fruean

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Brianna with her Award (Picture: Pauline Fruean)

A 16 year old Samoan made history this week, by being the youngest recipient of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards. Brianna Fruean was awarded the Climate Change, Environment Protection Award, and the only recipient from the Pacific.

Where do I even begin with this super-person. Whenever she speaks I always think of the other elements to this young woman, her supportive parents, her sister and the community that raised her, but most importantly, her own drive and passion to succeed.

I remember, shortly after her father passed away some years ago, she spoke at a conference, so eloquently and so passionate, and it was all the more moving, knowing that she had just gone through an extremely difficult time in her life, but still she remained steadfast in her campaign for environmental protection.

So here’s to you Ms. Brianna Fruean, for being an amazing young person and for being an agent of change.

Note to other youngsters who are busy drinking and wasting your youth away – find a cause, spend your time fighting for a cause instead of devoting it entirely to pleasure – give back to the world that nurtured your ancestors – make a difference. When in doubt ask Brianna 🙂 She did it!