When United States Army Sergeant First Class and Station Commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Office of Westchester Square, Harvey Oscar Dornellien is not assisting in the recruitment of men and women into the Army, he is busy developing programs for underserved youth. A native of St. Lucia who came to the U.S. and lived in Brooklyn during his late high school years, Sgt. Dornellien enlisted in the Army Reserves in 2002 after brief experiences as a construction worker and security guard. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Sgt. Dornellien enlisted in active duty in 2005 and traveled to 19 countries specializing in civil engineering.
Through his tenure in the Army, Sgt. Dornellien has completed two Bachelor Degrees and one Master’s Degree. He also participated in a pilot program at Stamford University as part of one of the Army’s many programs. “I first had an interest in joining the Navy, but when I thought about long-term educational growth and a stationary life, the Army allowed me to stay in one location and pursue my educational goals,” stated Sgt. Dornellien. “The Army invests in your education and training, and guarantees you a job, which I thought would work well for me.”
Sgt. Dornellien grew up in a poor family in St. Lucia. His mother struggled to maintain him and his many siblings during his childhood. In his high school years, the international organization, Save the Children, was instrumental in providing the financial assistance necessary for high school. It was this experience of charitable assistance that instilled in him the desire to one day help others who were in similar situations. On August 30, 2015, Sgt. Dornellien created his own charitable foundation, Give a Little. “Someone once helped me and I wanted to be able to help as many people as I could anywhere in the world,” stated Sgt. Dornellien. Using the Army as his platform, he volunteers his time in a variety of Boys and Girls clubs and organizations, and is currently coordinating an anti-bullying campaign that will span across the U.S. from New York to San Diego. He also focuses on youth ages 15-21 and is collaborating with a General Education Development (GED) program in the Bronx to offer career programs and services to young men and women.
While recruiting has afforded him the opportunity to make a difference in many communities, Sgt. Dornellien ultimately aspires to attend Harvard University and pursue a law degree. He hopes to utilize his experience and education by returning to his native St. Lucia and one day becoming its Prime Minister. “I would like to focus on making changes in healthcare and bringing tertiary-level education to St. Lucia. I also believe it’s youth are important and I would like to bridge the gap between the younger and older generations of St. Lucia. I hope to make some kind of a difference in the lives of St. Lucians,” stated Sgt. Dornellien. He also envisions St. Lucia participating in the Olympic Games sometime in the future