AN INTERNATIONAL not-for-profit organisation has bestowed its highest honour on a Boston woman in recognition of her ‘dedication and outstanding service’.
Allison Cowell, 31, has been made a senator of Junior Chamber International (JCI) - a body that aims to empower young people around the world to help create lasting positive change and counts the United Nations (UN) among its partners.
Allison, a manager at Duncan and Toplis in the town, is currently the JCI UK national president.
The honorary title of senator gives her lifetime membership of the organisation, which is normally only open to 18- to 40-year-olds.
Allison, who grew up in Fishtoft, said: “It means so much that something I’m so passionate about and is such a great tool for making a difference in people’s lives can’t kick me out just because I’m too old!
“It means everything too me.”
The organisation describes senatorship as ‘a unique way to pay tribute to an individual for his/her dedication and outstanding service on a local, national or international level’.
To receive the title, nominations must first be approved by the JCI World Headquarters in the US.
Allison was awarded the title - much to her surprise - after attending a recent JCI event in Barnsley in her role as national president.
“I did not see it coming,” said Allison. “It absolutely blew me away.”
The former Boston High School girl began her 12 months as president on January 1 and was inaugurated in a ceremony on the HMS President in London.
She says her time in office is ‘busy’, but going ‘really well’, with achievements including a $10,000 donation to the anti-malaria campaign Nothing But Nets raised by JCI UK members.
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