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  • Thirteen persons from the County of Cornwall, who have been making outstanding contributions toward the development of their parishes and Jamaica, have been presented with the Governor-General Achievement Award for Excellence.
  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, handed out the awards during a ceremony at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on July 23.
  • In his address, the Governor-General congratulated the awardees for the voluntary work they have been doing in their respective communities, and for being beacons of hope.

Thirteen persons from the County of Cornwall, who have been making outstanding contributions toward the development of their parishes and Jamaica, have been presented with the Governor-General Achievement Award for Excellence.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, handed out the awards during a ceremony at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on July 23.

The awardees are: Educator, Yvonne Clarke and Chartered Accountant, Patrina Williams from St. Elizabeth; Businessman, Russell Hammond; Environmental Scientist, Kamille Dwyer Thomas, and Biomedical Engineer, Shaquille Dias from Westmoreland; and Educator, Edna Thomas; Electrical Engineer, Kimroy Bailey and Nursing Student, Nickolette Brown from Trelawny.

Recipients from St. James are Educator, Patricia Palmer; University Science student, Sujae Boswell and University student, Jerome Johnson, while Philanthropist Akili Samuels and Dance Teacher, Samantha Clarke are the awardees from the parish of Hanover.

In his address, the Governor-General congratulated the awardees for the voluntary work they have been doing in their respective communities, and for being beacons of hope.

“Volunteering is what these awardees do and volunteering is rewarding and here I am not speaking about monetary gains, but the all important strength of character which it gives and the lives that volunteering enhances. The value of volunteering is much deeper..much more fulfilling  and much more important than money could ever measure,” he said.

The Governor-General added that the voluntary spirit which has been displayed by the awardees has ignited the flame of hope in the hearts of many Jamaicans and qualifies them to become a part of the Governor-General’s ‘I Believe Initiative’.

“You have displayed attributes which qualify you to become ‘I Believe Ambassadors’ to help strengthen and sustain our efforts to develop family values, education and youth empowerment,” he told the awardees.

The theme of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award for 2015 is: ‘Values Through Volunteerism: Impacting Communities, One Community At A Time’.