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  • Thirty-nine distinguished Jamaicans, who have contributed significantly to the upliftment of their communities, were honoured at the 2014 Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) pinning ceremony held on November 27 at King’s House.
  • During the function, 14 persons, aged 35 and older, received Achievement Awards, while the other 25 were presented with Youth Awards for Excellence.
  • The recipients of the Achievement Awards, one from each parish, were praised for their commitment to excellence; accomplishments in social and economic circumstances, as well as contributions to their communities.

Thirty-nine distinguished Jamaicans, who have contributed significantly to the upliftment of their communities, were honoured at the 2014 Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) pinning ceremony held on November 27 at King’s House.

During the function, 14 persons, aged 35 and older, received Achievement Awards, while the other 25 were presented with Youth Awards for Excellence.

The recipients of the Achievement Awards, one from each parish, were praised for their commitment to excellence; accomplishments in social and economic circumstances, as well as contributions to their communities.

Each awardee was accompanied by the Custos of the parish while being pinned by the Governor-General.

The Youth Awards for Excellence recognise young persons, aged 18 to 35, with an impressive history of academic excellence and community service, complemented by effective leadership skills and an inclination for innovation.

The Governor-General pointed out that the sterling contribution of the recipients demonstrates that Jamaicans are still using “our abilities, skills and resources to make a difference in this country.”

“There are numerous Jamaicans, who strive for excellence not only to better their own life, but also to contribute to the well-being of others. The achievers…represent …what is right about Jamaica and you are participants in this mission to fix what is wrong with Jamaica,” he said.

The Governor-General said it is hoped that the achievements of the recipients will be used to inspire Jamaicans to embrace voluntarism and service to family, youth and education in their communities.

He expressed confidence that most of the recipients will return to King’s House for a State honour, if they stay committed and build on the achievements they have earned so far.

“And, who knows, one of you could even be returning as the future Governor-General,” he added.

He also thanked the Custodes and their Parish Committees as well as sponsors of the event for their support of the initiatives over the years.

National Coordinator, The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence, Major (Ret’d) Effiom Whyte, urged the recipients to continue to use their talent and time to inspire and positively impact the lives of others.

The GGAA began in 1991 under the leadership of then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, to recognise Jamaicans 35 years and older, who had achieved greatly despite difficult and challenging socio-economic circumstances, and are making substantial contribution to the nation, but were not recipients of National Honours and Awards.

This programme was expanded by Governor-General Sir Kenneth Hall in 2006 to include youth aged 18 to 35 for excellence in academia and voluntary service, as well as individuals in the Diaspora who were making significant contribution to Jamaica and in their host countries.

In February 2014, the GGAA and the ‘I Believe Initiative,’ launched by Sir Patrick Allen, were merged to create the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE).

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