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Drew Havea awarded Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award 2017

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 16/05/2017

 

National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award will go to Siotame Drew Havea.

 

This award honors an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served, whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps, and whoe career contributed significantly to their nation and the world in ways that reflect shared values in human dignity and economic, social, and political development.

 

Peace Corps Tonga country director -Nancy Gehron noted in nominating him that Havea is a well-known Tongan citizen for his work supporting youth, democracy, civil society and leadership in Tonga.

 

Havea had spent his life striving to eradicate poverty through a ‘community first’ approach to development and to create safe spaces to voice opinions for the historically underrepresented groups of young people and women in Tonga.

 

In the Kingdom of Tonga’s recent transition to democracy, Havea was instrumental in ensuring that common people – not just nobility and royalty – held leadership positions in the fledgling democracy.

 

He has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone can realize their full potential.

 

Havea has long been heavily involved in leadership roles with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based organizations (CBOs) that relate to Tonga and the Pacific Island community at large.

 

Havea currently serves as the chairperson of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, the umbrella organization for all NGOs and CBOs in Tonga. He is also president of the Tonga National Youth Congress, chair of the Tonga National Leadership Development Forum, and member of the board of Tonga Red Cross Society.

 

He was an Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) for twenty years, from 1985-2005.

 

His whole approach on life and development was vastly influenced by his experience with the Peace Corps. He gained an appreciation of community-based development after seeing how countless volunteers immersed themselves in their communities.

 

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