OCHO RIOS — Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on Jamaicans living abroad to support the recently launched ‘I Believe Initiative’, which was created to promote programmes that will restore hope and sound values in the society.
“Already the IBI has partnered with individuals and organisations to offer scholarships to students in schools, addressing social needs and facilitating mentoring and other transformation exchanges, while recognising achievements of our young people,” he told members of the Diaspora on the final day of the 2011 Jamaica Diaspora Convention, which was held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Sir Patrick was addressing an awards luncheon, which formed part of the activities of the Convention.
Meanwhile, recipient of the Governor -General’s Jamaican Diaspora Award, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Seattle, Enid Dwyer, said she was humbled by the national recognition.
“We pledge, in accepting our awards, to continue working on behalf of our country and its people; never worrying about the difficulties along the way but instead appreciating the positive outcomes that follow from hard work, fixity of purpose and the support of our respective communities,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of fellow awardees, she thanked families, friends and well-wishers who have provided support over the years, promising to remain faithful to the core value of service to Jamaica.
The Convention saw representatives from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom being recognized for their outstanding work, and representation on behalf of Jamaica.
More than 300 Jamaicans, mainly from the North American and European Diaspora attended the three-day Convention, which was held under the theme, ‘One Nation: Jamaica and its Diaspora in Partnership’. The Convention was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter