'An experience I will never, never forget': Young Canadian meets the Queen
Published Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:15AM EDT
Aaron Joshua Pinto has started his own non-profit, travelled around the world on internships and exchanges, and acted as youth ambassador for Canada.
And now he has one more life experience to add to his list: he’s met the Queen.
The ambitious young Canadian was one of 60 youth honoured at the Queen’s Young Leader’s Awards at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
After a packed day meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, visiting Twitter’s Headquarters in the U.K. and BBC News, Pinto and his fellow award winners were treated to an evening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth II.
"The ceremony with the queen was just terrific and being handed over the award by Her Majesty is an experience that I will never, never forget," Pinto said.
The recent Western University graduate said he now plans to use the connections he’s made in London to continue to build his organization, Canadian Youth Think Tank.
Two other Canadians were also honoured Wednesday. The winners were selected from a pool of 2,000 applicants from Commonwealth countries.