Eleven Persons Receive Governor-General Achievement Awards

Photo: Donald De La Haye Governor-General, His excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left); the Most Hon. Lady Allen (second left), and Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller (right), with two of the 2018 recipients of the Governor-General Achievement Awards for the County of Surrey, Dr. Tameka Stephenson (third left) and Abigail Scarlette. The ceremony was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on April 26.

Story Highlights

  • Eleven persons were presented with the Governor-General Achievement Awards (GGAA) for the Country of Surrey on April 26 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.
  • The Governor-General said the awardees have used their talents to give back and help others, adding that they are ‘peddlers of hope’ in their communities, and were selected because of their acts of selfless giving and service to others.
  • The GGAA was established to acknowledge the meaningful contribution of individuals at the community level and to celebrate the success of persons who volunteer, while highlighting the impact of the recipients on community and national life.

Eleven persons were presented with the Governor-General Achievement Awards (GGAA) for the County of Surrey on April 26 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.

They have been recognised for their contribution to their community and country.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, urged Jamaicans to be steadfast in their activities to create a brighter future for all.

He implored members of the society to “take the necessary action and to embark on activities that will inspire our fellow Jamaicans, affirm our values and energise our people for voluntary service in building a brighter Jamaica”.

The Governor-General said the awardees have used their talents to give back and help others, adding that they are ‘peddlers of hope’ in their communities, and were selected because of their acts of selfless giving and service to others.

He reported that more than 920 awards have been presented to individuals since the programme was instituted 28 years ago.

“Thousands of individuals and many communities have been transformed through the impact of the GGAA,” the Governor-General said.

The ceremony was held under the theme ‘Inspiring and Energising Communities to Serve’.

Award recipients between 18 and 35 years of age are selected based on their academic achievements, while persons 35 and above must demonstrate evidence of leadership through innovative and sustainable community projects that impact  family, youth and education.

The GGAA was established to acknowledge the meaningful contribution of individuals at the community level and to celebrate the success of persons who volunteer, while highlighting the impact of the recipients on community and national life.

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