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Nolana Lynch, the first Trinbagonian to be the
recipient of the Commonwealth Youth Award
(Caribbean and Canada Region) this year, had the
golden opportunity to meet Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II last month.
During a brief conversation, Lynch told the Queen
about her work in T&T and the Caribbean and how
she developed her social enterprise---Eco-Truffles,
which creates all-natural and organic hair, face and
skin care products from local and tropical ingredients
such as mangoes, avocado, chocolate and almonds.
Lynch explained that 50 per cent of the profit goes
towards helping underprivileged families, granting
children scholarships and helping young women start
"The Queen was very intrigued with all I had to
say, she listened attentively and asked questions of
each of us award winners because she wanted to
know more and she kept nodding and smiling.
"She endorsed my work and congratulated me on
a job well done and encouraged me to keep up the
good work," Lynch said.
"It was a marvelous opportunity meeting the Queen
and the Duke. We were briefed by protocol prior, so
it was a bit nerve-wracking at first.
"When the Queen entered the room and I was
introduced to her, she came across so very sweet,
composed and supportive.
"The Duke has a witty personality and cracked a
lot of jokes with us. It reminded me of the times I
spend chatting with my grandparents, really cool,
calming and always encouraging."
Lynch described her achievement as one of the
most defining moments of her life, which was topped
along with the outpouring of love and support she
got from T&T.
Lynch is an exemplary young lady from Point Lisas,
Couva. Her father is originally from Cocoyea, San
Fernando, but was born in Point Fortin and her
mother is from Calder Hall, Tobago.
Her family also spent five years in Botswana, but
Lynch returned after a year to resume school at Holy
Faith Convent, Couva. Subsequent to her return, she
stayed with her grandparents.
"My extended family, grandparents, aunts and
uncles, and cousins were very instrumental in my
development during my teenage years," Lynch said.
Savings started business
Lynch started her business by investing all of her
savings from school days.
"Being a young person dedicated to the develop-
ment of my country means that it s sometimes a
difficult road and we have to make difficult decisions,
but it s very fulfilling as it s really about the heart of
the matter, and being passionate about seeing change
in the world," she said.
"The smiles on the faces of the people who benefit
from our work truly motivates me to keep working,
to keep innovating, to keep overcoming."
Lynch says she will continue making a difference
in the lives of others, "expanding my business so
that we can have greater impact and tangibly assist
more families and more communities in a sustainable
manner in T&T and throughout the region."
"I deeply believe in the social enterprise model
that I have developed my business on, where 50 per
cent of profits go to charity and alleviating poverty.
"If each of us applied that model to our lives and
businesses, together, we can make a difference in our
nation, region and the world," she said.
Lynch also is an advocate for more tangible, sus-
tainable, impartial and easily accessible investment
in the nation s youth.
"We have a lot to offer, we have a lot of great ideas
and we work very hard, but we don t have the financial
investment needed to support our work in a sus-
Lynch s short term goals are to complete her PhD,
start an organic spa and rehabilitation centre and
develop a training programme to assist young women
in need in developing enterprises to generate a sus-
tainable income for themselves and their families.
The rehabilitation centre, she said, will follow the
50/50 model, wherein women in highly-stressed
occupations, underprivileged women with large fam-
ilies who may not have the time or be able to naturally
afford spa visits and women in need of emotional
or psychological support can go in and recuperate
and be rejuvenated.
Young Trini meets Queen
Continues on Page A34
It was a marvelous
opportunity meeting the
Queen and the Duke. We were
briefed by protocol prior, so it was
a bit nerve-wracking at first. When
the Queen entered the room and I
was introduced to her, she came
across so very sweet, composed
and supportive...I deeply believe in
the social enterprise model that I
have developed my business on,
where 50 per cent of profits go to
charity and alleviating
poverty ---Nolana Lynch
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