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Fifteen persons who have made outstanding contributions to community development across the County of Cornwall, were presented with the Governor-General’s Awards, yesterday (September 21), at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay.
The awards scheme, established in 1991, has been modified by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, to recognise and include the achievement of young persons who exemplify excellence in various areas of activity.
This year’s recipients were: Winfield Murray, Michael Miller and Damion Andrews from Hanover; Caswell Daley, Denny Davis and Sheldene Senior from St. Elizabeth; Dorcas Roye, Schade Stanton and Nattecia Bohardsingh from St. James; Richard “Richie” Stephens, Marshall Lewis, and Toni-Ann Stewart from Westmoreland; and Paul Patmore, Dwayne Edwards, and Robert Townsend from Trelawny.
In his address at the presentation ceremony, Professor Hall lauded the recipients for their achievements and “their willingness to overcome their past, to take their past, build on it and to transform the society in which they live”.
“We have a group of young persons who have been acknowledged and now they are being rewarded for their achievements. All of the young people deserve our admiration and congratulations,” Professor Hall said.
Professor Hall commended the awardees for going beyond the call of duty to enrich the lives of the people in their spheres of influence. He noted that their contributions were significant and would serve to forge national consensus, build social capital and project a self-reliant Jamaica.
He also congratulated the Custodes and their committees for the part they have played in organizing the awards ceremonies for the past 14 years.
“I believe that you the Custodes should be encouraged for what you have done. You have continued to build without destroying what had worked for 14 years and what you are saying is there is room for growth and there is room for expansion,” the Governor-General said.
“I think the lesson that we are really saying to our youths, is that there is a place for you in this society, and that it is time for you to step up, take your place and demonstrate the skills and excellence and your full potential, and that all of us welcome you into that society,” he added.