... Middlesex residents recognised for community service
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD genius Delano Mighty, of Giblatore in St Catherine, copped the Governor General (GG) Youth Award for Excellence for his parish in a ceremony awarding residents of the County of Middlesex.
Mighty, while attending St Jago High School, came to national attention after he scored distinctions in 18 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations subjects.
On Thursday, he joined 13 other persons as recipients of the GG awards in the three categories - Youth Award for Excellence for ages 18 to 24, Award for Excellence for ages 25 to 35 and Achievement Award for ages over 35. The function was held at Riu Hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann.
Modest economic circumstances
The awards programme identifies persons from modest economic and social circumstances who share a common desire to improve their lives and others around them.
This year, St Ann did not have an honouree in the youth category, as, according to Custos R.O. Walters, none of the persons submitted this year met the criteria.
But those who were awarded were proud of their awards and accepted with grace and humility.
Steadman Fuller, who deputised for GG Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated the awardees, saying the ceremony was a celebration of the achievements of Jamaicans who came from humble beginnings to earn the awards through their service to others.
The recipients, he said, exemplify Jamaicans who have worked hard, not just for personal development, but as a source of national pride.
"The highest commendation must be accorded to the individuals for their achievements," Fuller remarked.
General manager for First Caribbean International Building Society, Velmore Lawrence, who spoke on behalf of the sponsors, which also included The Gleaner Company, Jamaica National Building Society, Victoria Mutual and Scotia Jamaica Building Society, said the awardees were joining a select group of 355 persons who have been honoured since the awards were initiated in 1991 by then GG Sir Howard Cooke.
More than 20 volunteers from the five parishes were also recognised for their years of service to the GG Awards.