In her 24 years, it is safe to say that Jenelle Thongs is on her way to becoming a woman after her own heart. Her alma-mata St. Francois’ Girls College and Sixth Form Government School aided her in woman she is today. Being a member of RBTT Young Leaders, Junior Achievers, both as a student and 2 year advisor, Mentorship Programme, Student Council, Choir, Drama, Track and Field, Team Captain, Class Representative at UWI as well as a Peer Advisor, has undeniably taught her the ideals of leadership, teamwork, hard work, and diligence amongst others. As involved as she was, she still made time for her loved ones as surrounding herself by her family and friends is an integral part of not only her day but her being.
Currently she is a final year student at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus pursuing her degree in Biology. Her dream is to become an active member in both the zoology and environmental community to protect and conserve the flora and fauna not only in her twin island of Trinidad and Tobago but the region as a whole as well as promoting the balance of life between humans and the environment. This passion was fuelled at a young age when she first volunteered at the Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals. Her studies coupled with her work experience especially as a summer intern at the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Socio-Economic Policy and Planning division enhanced her passion by also focusing on sustainable development and she wishes to one day be an integral member that promotes such in Trinidad and Tobago as well as the wider Caribbean. Now as a member of Caribbean Youth Environment Network her visions of protecting, preserving and conserving our precious resources that make Trinidad and Tobago undeniably special while fostering Caribbean integration through partnership and corporation are definitely attainable. Also volunteering in the NGO, Reach Out and Touch has cemented her beliefs and values when it comes to the wellbeing of children and approaching such holistically especially as a member of the Ministry of Education. She is a firm believer of the world and life in general are excellent teachers and can effectively and efficiently teach children life skills that can’t be taught in the classrooms. An experience can be either be a blessing or a lesson but either way one should learn from such and be willing to bestow the knowledge received unto others.
Pageantry is close to Jenelle’s heart as believes this forum can be used for both personal growth and especially speaking on the issue of child abuse. As a survivor of child abuse she uses pageantry as a means of showing both young men and women that their circumstance does not determine their outcome as she herself overcame less than desirable situations and that they can hope for a brighter day as that day will come.
One of this avid reader’s favourite quote is “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody instead of something for somebody you will end up not doing anything for anybody” so she lives her life trying to be an inspiration to others and helping whenever she can, one day at a time. Her ultimate goal is to utilize her skills too effectively become an upstanding citizen of Trinidad and Tobago that is actively environmentally and socially aware while promoting the three factors of sustainable development in the Caribbean via her personal life, professional life and through pageantry.