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Twenty Jamaicans, who have given selfless service to their parish and country, were on November 14 honoured at the Governor General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) pinning ceremony held at King’s House
The 14 adults, representing each parish and six youth, two from each county, were on November 16 presented with official pins as a symbol of appreciation for their outstanding and exceptional contributions, as well as for setting examples as positive role models and community leaders.
In his address, Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated the awardees for their altruism and spirit of giving.
“Today’s function is to applaud and celebrate some of the outstanding contributions that Jamaicans are making in their local communities and across the island,” he remarked. “I’m extremely proud of the strong community spirit that exists in the parishes and. inspired by the service and work of these recipients.”
The Governor General said the awardees were a true embodiment of the ‘I Believe’ message, as they continue to work towards bringing positive changes to their communities. “They are making a positive difference through their audacity to insist on believing in something better,” he declared.
He further called on each recipient to, “take your pin as an entry into a group of Jamaicans, who are destined to making even greater contributions”.
He also implored the awardees to, “let your light shine (so) that everyone coming behind will see the light”.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Rev. Father Dr. Barrington Buchanan from St. Elizabeth expressed thanks to the awards committee, the custodees, as well as the Governor General for the recognition.
He also invited his fellow awardees “to further amplify the work they have been doing”.
The awardees are from various fields, including doctors, teachers, students, nurses, shop keepers and social workers.
The 14 parish awardees are: Sylvester Bryan, Clarendon; Stanley Skeene, Manchester; Linda Sutherland, St. Mary; Dr. Cindo Nicholson, St. Ann; Hugh Perry, Portland; Dr. Trevor Hacker, Westmoreland; Archibald McCalla, St. Catherine; Patricia Pringle-Baker, St. Thomas; Rev. Dr. Robert Daley, Hanover; Clasford Woolery, St. James; Paul “Pablo” McNeil, Trelawny; Rion Hall, Kingston; Dr. James Peart, St. Andrew; and Rev. Father Dr. Barrington Buchanan, St. Elizabeth.
The six youth recipients are: Lloyd Dunwell and Pherone Griffiths from Cornwall; Charlene Jackson and Jason McNeish, Middlesex; and Dr. Fitzroy Hamilton and Michelle Gordon, Surrey.
Initiated by former Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke in 1991, the GGAA programme recognizes persons, from modest economic and social circumstances, who share a common desire to improve their lives and others around them, and are actively involved in community service.
Some 420 people have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to community development since the inception of the GGAA some 19 years ago.
Sponsors of the 2010 awards are: The Gleaner Company, Jamaica National Building Society, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Scotia Jamaica Building Society, and FirstCaribbean International Building Society.