Aaron Joshua Pinto, a local Mississauga high achiever was among 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth to receive the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award handed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself at a very special, star-studded ceremony in Buckingham Palace recently.
High-profile guests included David Beckham, Sir John Major and Steve McQueen.
Aaron and the others were recognized by HM The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.
Aaron Joshua Pinto is an Indian Catholic who was born in Bahrain and immigrated to Canada with his family after the Gulf War. He recently completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts at Western University, focusing on International Relations and French.
Social justice and issues have been central to Aaron who has in the past volunteered his time helping the disadvantaged in places like Cape Town, South Africa to the streets of Mumbai.
Aaron’s avid interest in global affairs led to his selection as a Junior Team Canada ambassador on a trade and development mission to Central and South America, as well as a domestic mission to the Canadian Arctic.
While in high school, Aaron co-founded a scheme to help people in Canada who are living below the poverty line. The project delivers food hampers to migrants, the elderly and survivors of abuse.
Upon returning from a year’s exchange in Europe and a development internship in Central Russia, Aaron went on to establish the Canadian Youth Think Tank, an organization which offers opportunities for young Canadians to produce written articles on Canadian and global public policy news, developments and events.
Last October, Aaron travelled to Ukraine as one of 90 Canadians to be an International Election Observer monitoring the Verkhovna Rada parliamentary elections.
In the long term, Aaron intends to pursue a career in international law and justice, and eventually in the Foreign Service.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is an initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
In the years to come you will be hearing a lot more about this young man who has every intention to make a big impact in our society.