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  • Sir Patrick Allen is on a nation-wide campaign, aimed at defining the roles of JPs as agents and advocates of positive change.
  • The GG reminded the JPs of their recognised position as mediators, negotiators and mentors in their respective communities.
  • The two-pronged Governor-General’s Programme of Excellence is a combination of the I Believe Initiative and the Governor-General’s Achievement Award Programme.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen is on a nation-wide campaign, aimed at defining the roles of Justices of the Peace (JPs) as agents and advocates of positive change.

The first in a series of consultations was held on Monday, April 28, at the Noel Fraser Auditorium of the West Jamaica Conference in Montego Bay, where scores of JPs from across St. James gathered to hear about their role as ambassadors of the Governor-General’s Programme of Excellence (GGPE).

The GG reminded the JPs of their recognised position as mediators, negotiators and mentors in their respective communities noting that this was the basis on which they  were selected to become JPs. He said their calling was proof of their ability to influence their communities.

“It is from this position of influence that I am calling on all 576 Justices of the Peace in St. James to become proactive advocates of transformation in our nation…especially our young people,” the Governor-General said.

He explained that his office was taking the GGPE across Jamaica “to encourage our people and demonstrate ways in which we can get involved to stem the tide of crime and violence and the shroud of negativity in our country”.

The two-pronged GGPE is a combination of  the I Believe Initiative (IBI), a service-based programme for youth between 16 and 35 years old; and the Governor-General’s Achievement Award Programme (GGAA), an awards based programme for persons 35 years and older.

For transformation to be effective the Governor-General said it must engage the youth who are interested in building their communities, despite their socio-economic circumstances, stating “I have every confidence in the capacity of our youth to become effective nation-builders….We already see them shining in a variety of fields and we must encourage their development and foster their self-confidence”.

The Governor-General encouraged the JPs to get involved in the selection of candidates for the Governor-General’s Achievement Award, which is now accepting nominations.