Chantelle Hutchinson

from Belfast, Co Antrim is a sixth year student at Ashfield Girls’ High School and was motivated to volunteer by witnessing the plight of those less fortunate than herself, such as those who are homeless, who have disabilities and even those suffering through crises abroad. Chantelle believes that everyone deserves equal opportunity and it was important to her to be actively involved in bringing this about.

Chantelle volunteers with Northern Ireland Children’s Enterprise (NICE) where she works tirelessly on a number of projects at home and abroad. She has volunteered at the Welcome Centre, a homeless shelter in Belfast, travelled to New Orleans to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and was part of a team that travelled to Poland to help build and renovate flats for young offenders. She is also a volunteer coach with PeacePlayers and works with a senior team, Champions for Peace, in addition to taking part in peace trips to Cyprus where she volunteered with cross community workshops to help break down divisions within the community there. Chantelle also dedicates time to Friends of Cancer.

“Chantelle is an exemplary pupil in every respect in her time at Ashfield Girls’ High School,” said School principal Alison Mungavin. “Despite facing very difficult personal difficulties, she has always shown a positive and caring attitude to life and to others.”