CYC SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF DR HENRY CHARLES: Honoring his Legacy and Paying Tribute to a Visionary LeaderJuly 11th, 2023
It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) shares the unfortunate news of the untimely passing of Dr Henry Charles, a sterling champion of youth causes and an invaluable partner of the CYC. This profound loss has sent shockwaves through the youth sector, leaving us bereaved and profoundly saddened by the departure of a dear friend, mentor, and ally.
Dr Henry Charles served with utmost dedication and unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Youth Programme. He demonstrated remarkable leadership as Regional Director, Acting Director of the Youth Division, youth policy consultant, and, at the time of his passing, the Co-chair of the Year of Youth advisory committee.
Over the past decade, Dr Charles has been an integral part of the CYC since its inception, forging an enduring bond with our organization and leaving an indelible mark on our collective efforts.
His sudden departure has cast a profound sense of loss and sadness within our ranks. Dr Charles was not only an exceptional advocate for the youth agenda but also a beacon of inspiration, kindness, and unwavering support for young people across the Commonwealth. His passion, unparalleled work ethic, and tireless dedication were exemplary, serving as an endless source of motivation and encouragement to countless individuals whose lives he touched.
As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary individual, our hearts go out to Dr Charles’ family, friends, and loved ones. We extend our deepest condolences to them during this difficult time, recognizing that his departure leaves an immeasurable void that can never truly be filled. We stand in solidarity with those who have been directly affected by this tragedy, offering our support, empathy, and prayers.
In honouring Dr Henry Charles’ legacy, the Commonwealth Youth Council remains resolute in our commitment to advancing the youth development agenda. We shall tirelessly continue the work he championed, ensuring that young people are meaningfully integrated into the development processes of the Commonwealth at national, regional, and Pan-Commonwealth levels. We pledge to uphold his unwavering advocacy, emulate his visionary leadership, and amplify his tireless dedication to youth empowerment.
Dr Charles’ remarkable contributions will forever remain etched in the annals of youth work and inspire generations to come. Let us, as the CYC community, unite in preserving his memory, celebrating his achievements, and drawing strength from his indomitable spirit as we navigate the future of the Year of Youth and beyond.
We are forever grateful for the privilege of having known him, worked alongside him, and been inspired by his unwavering dedication. We express our deepest gratitude for the privilege of having Dr Charles as our partner, mentor, and friend. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory continue to guide us as we forge ahead in the pursuit of a brighter future for the youth of the Commonwealth.