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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has installed six Justices of the Peace (JPs) as St. Elizabeth’s first I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors.
  • Their installation marks the launch of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative in that parish.
  • The six were presented with their insignia of office by the Governor-General at a swearing-in and investiture ceremony.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has installed six Justices of the Peace (JPs) as St. Elizabeth’s first I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors.

Their installation marks the launch of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative in that parish and comes after intensive training in mentoring, mediation and other social intervention proficiencies.

The six were presented with their insignia of office by the Governor-General at a swearing-in and investiture ceremony, held at the Beadle Hall in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, on June 12.

They will form the core team that will lead the charge in taking the programme’s message into their communities as well as mentoring and training fellow JPs.

The ambassadors  are: Ms. Althea Peart, Manager of Jamaica National Building Society, Santa Cruz branch; Mrs. Beverley James, Educator of  Watchwell; Mrs. Heather Murray, Headmistress of Hampton School for Girls; Ms. Karlene Brae, Educator of Brighton district; Mr. Roy George Taylor, Broadcaster of  Black River; and Rev. Kenneth Dwyer, Pastor and Guidance Counsellor of Black River High School.

In his address, the Governor-General called on the JPs to include the youth in all their endeavours, to safeguard Jamaica’s future.

“Jamaica is our home. This is where we belong and we want to make it the place of pride. All of us dream of a Jamaica which is peaceful, productive and prosperous. We want to see the 2030 Vision realized,” he said.

Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030.  It is based on a comprehensive vision:  “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”

Hailing the resilience of Jamaicans, the Governor-General noted that World Bank reports show that unlike Jamaica’s economy, other developing countries in similar economic straits are experiencing negative growth. “That goes to show the resilience of our people. We never roll over and die, we just keep going from strength to strength,” he said.

He called on the JPs to join his initiative to take Jamaica back from the all too pervasive crime, mediocrity and negativity.

The Governor-General reminded the JPs of their commitment to be first responders who will stand against crime. “We want our people to live in greater security. They must not be the ones hiding behind burglar bars and security systems, while the criminals roam freely and terrorize our communities. JPs are supposed to form the combined force for change. JPs are our islandwide network, committed to the transformation of our country,” he emphasized.