- Nineteen-year-old Governor-General Achievement Awardee (GGAA), Nickolette Onnecia Brown, is firmly committed to serving her community of Stettin in upper Trelawny.
- Nickolette, who is a nursing student, says she is delighted with the recognition, and the opportunity it provides to further her community work.
- She is pursuing a degree in nursing at the University of Technology (UTech) in order to fulfil a promise she made to herself many years ago to spend some time taking care of the sick and elderly in her community.
Nineteen-year-old Governor-General Achievement Awardee (GGAA), Nickolette Onnecia Brown, is firmly committed to serving her community of Stettin in upper Trelawny.
Already, she operates a homework centre for children in the largely farming area and is hoping that the award will create the platform for the expansion of the initiative to reach more persons.
“I (have) a community project where I help young children in my community with their homework. I have a little homework centre at home where they come and use the Internet and I help them with homework and other projects. Now, I can expand that project to the point of getting a building where I can draw on the pool of young people from my community to assist more students,” she tells JIS News.
Nickolette is among 13 awardees from the county of Cornwall, five of whom are from Trelawny, who have been honoured for contribution to community development through volunteerism. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, handed out the awards during a ceremony at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on July 23.
Nickolette, who is a nursing student, says she is delighted with the recognition, and the opportunity it provides to further her community work.
“I am very ecstatic about this award and the opportunities that have been opened up to me. Being presented with this award, I will now start focusing on other aspects of my personal and professional life while still serving my community,” she says.
“I now see myself as an ambassador for Jamaica and I will play my role in helping the country attain its goals in its 2030 national development plan. In that way, I am sure I will be playing a greater role in uplifting the lives of my peers and even those who are younger and see themselves as future leaders,” she adds.
A past student of the Trelawny-based Albert Town Primary and Westwood High schools, Nickolette earned five ones and three credits in the 2015 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations; five Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) science subjects; and credits in five Jamaica School Certificate (JSC) subjects.
She is pursuing a degree in nursing at the University of Technology (UTech) in order to fulfil a promise she made to herself many years ago to spend some time taking care of the sick and elderly in her community.
After which, she will embark on her long-held dream for becoming a successful entrepreneur with a chain of businesses.
Still very committed to her former schools, Nickolette is giving full praise to the teachers for their help and support in moulding her into the young lady she is today.
“I … must give thanks to the teachers, other members of staff and my schoolmates for the role they all played in guiding me, pushing me, pulling me and encouraging me towards attaining some of my academic goals,” she says.
While at Westwood, Nickolette was a prefect, student counsellor, Baptist president, dormitory head and secretary of the tourism club. She was also involved in the Inter-School Christian Fellowship (ISCF), Key Club, Hikers’ Club, Chess Club, the school’s hospitality committee and 4-H Club.
Nickolette tells JIS News that she receives tremendous support from her community, and remains grounded in the lessons taught by her parents.
She is advising the youth of the country, particularly those in Trelawny, to “remain focused.”
“Do not drift from your dreams, aspiration and goals. Ensure that you do your best to accomplish them …because if you put your mind to it, you will achieve it,” she says.