JIS News

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, has lauded Jamaicans, who continue to make significant contributions at the community and parish levels.
Professor Hall, who was speaking at yesterday’s (Nov. 2) Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) pinning ceremony at King’s House, said he was especially heartened by the contribution of the youth to the country, noting that, “Jamaica’s youth are desirous of excellence”.
During the ceremony, 20 persons received pins in recognition of their outstanding work in their parishes, including six young persons for various achievements. The youth awards were added to the programme this year by the Governor-General, to recognise excellence among the nation’s young people.
Professor Hall said he was proud to host the scheme, which recognized the contributions of Jamaicans. “Clearly, all of the awardees are people, who have made significant difference, not only to their own lives, but in the lives of all those with whom they have been associated,” he stated.
The GGAA scheme is managed at the parish level by custodes and committees are formed to popularize, receive and assess nominations from the public in each parish. Professor Hall chairs the National Coordinating Committee that oversees the parish committees.
To qualify for the award, persons must have risen from humble beginnings and have a record of outstanding community stewardship.