JIS News

Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, has launched the Jamaica Achievement Awards for Community Service 2008, to recognize the tremendous contribution of outstanding Jamaicans in Canada.
“These awards will honour Jamaicans, who are achievers in Canada and who have given unselfishly of themselves for the betterment of fellow Jamaicans living in the Canadian society,” Ms. Bonner said.
“The awards will seek to find the unsung heroes, who have been working undiscovered and unheralded and give them the recognition they deserve,” she added.
Nominations will be accepted for Jamaicans living in Ontario, in the categories of social work, education, justice, arts/entertainment, health, media, youth development, philanthropy, work with special populations, and trade, with a separate category for groups and organizations.
Nominees must be of Jamaican parentage, over 21 years of age, and resident in the province of Ontario, while organizations should be in existence for at least five years. It must be demonstrated in tangible ways, why the nominees should be given the award.
Nomination forms should be sent to the Jamaican Consulate General by December 15, 2007, and are available from the Consulate, the Jamaican Canadian Association, the Black Business and Professional Association, Tropicana, the Gleaner Company, Jamaica National Building Society, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Jamaica Self-Help, Lyn’s Linstead Market and Neville’s Hair Salon.
The Consul General said the award ceremony, which will be held sometime next year, will mark the culmination of Jamaica’s 45th anniversary celebrations.