Melissa Johns shortlisted for JCI World Award

Winterson’s actress, Melissa Johns, has been named amongst 20 nominees shortlisted for the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award 2018. The nomination follows her inclusion last year as one of the 10 winners of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award for UK, and adds international acclaim to domestic success.

Voting is now open for the 2018 international awards and if you would like to vote for Melissa in the programme you can do so by clicking here.

“Last year, I felt honoured to be selected as one of JCI’s UK Ten Outstanding Young People,” said Melissa. “Receiving the news that I have now been selected as one of the 20 finalists for The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World is a feeling that I’m finding hard to describe! To be one of only two people from the UK to make it to the world finals is such a privilege. There are some incredible people doing such tremendous work in this world, and to be recognised globally in that same category is a feeling that will stay with me for a very long time. I am truly grateful for every opportunity like this that I am given.”

The Awards programme celebrates the spirit of the JCI Mission, selecting individuals who have provided extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.

Melissa has been a vocal campaigner for equal representation of actors with disabilities on both stage and screen, and her efforts inspire others with disabilities to focus on their unique values and together break down barriers to ensure equal opportunities for actors of all abilities.