Governor General’s Achievement Awards
THIRTY-NINE AWARDEES last Thursday stood proudly with their newly received pins after being honoured for excellence in the fields of volunteerism, education, family and service to the country.
This was done at the Governor General's Achievement Awards (GGAA) pinning ceremony and reception, held at King's House, St Andrew.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen lauded the awardees for their accomplishments.
"There are numerous Jamaicans who strive for excellence, not only to better their own lives, but also to contribute to the well-being of others, and so the achievers who are gathered here today represent those stalwarts of Jamaica's present and Jamaica's future," he said.
"You are part of what is right about Jamaica, and you are participants in this mission to fix what is wrong with Jamaica," Allen said.
He also urged all Jamaicans to embrace the spirit of volunteerism and service to family, youth and education in their communities as the awardees have done.
Allen then noted: "You may not all be recognised in a public way, but always be mindful that, as Sir Winston Churchill once stated, you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give."
This year's ceremony marks the first for the Governor General's Programme for Excellence (GGPE), which is a merger of the GGAA and the I Believe Initiative.
Major Effiom Whyte, national coordinator for the GGPE, also congratulated the recipients for their exploits.
"I urge you to continue to use your talent and your time to inspire and positively impact the lives of others," he said.
"I anticipate a very successful programme next year and look forward to the continued support from all," Whyte added.