Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
Five recipients from the County of Cornwall were on Thursday bestowed with the Governor General Achievement Award for their respective contribution to national life.
The main awardees were: James Wright of Hanover, William Benjamin, St Elizabeth; Jeremiah Reid, St James; Irvin George Green, Westmoreland and Lennox Napier of Trelawny.
The ceremony which took place at the Glistening Water Restaurant and Marina in Falmouth, Trelawny, also saw Jodykay Maxwell, of St Elizabeth, recognised with a special award for excellence in education.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, lauded the recipients for their altruistic efforts in building their communities and contributing to "making life better" for the residents.
"It was their love and concern for their brothers and sisters that propelled them to embark on meaningful projects and activities, which demonstrated their caring desire to improve the lot of other members of their communities," said Sir Patrick.
Wright was recognised for building homes for the needy and providing school supplies for students; Benjamin for voluntary and social work among farmers, youths and shut-ins; Reid for his work in sports; Green for his contribution to education; and Napier for raising funds for charities and the needy.
The governor general stressed that if the programmes, which the awardees engaged in or spearheaded, were to be replicated across Jamaica, it would help to realize the Vision 2030 mandate. The programmes entail, human development, improved standards of living and engendering the spirit of volunteerism.
"Imagine, for a moment, a Jamaica where all of this is replicated across the length and breadth of the island! When that happens you know that Vision 2030 would be a reality: Jamaica, the country of choice for living, working, raising our families and doing business," Sir Patrick argues.
The Governor General Achievement Award, which is in its 22nd year, honours persons over 35 years old, who have shown substantial social and economic improvement and are actively involved in community service.
Special awardee Maxwell, who had to do two jobs and raised chickens to fund her tertiary education, will be heading off to the University of Cambridge in England to pursue an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development.