|NOTES FOR REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL AT GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS SCHEME PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE COUNTY OF SURREY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 AT 2:00 P.M.|
|Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:00|
The Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Schemewas established in 1991:
It is one of Jamaica’s most successful and prestigious awards programme with over 200 persons recognised since its inception.
Today we honour two sets of persons:
Among the eleven recipients to be recognised today are individuals who continue to work tirelessly to help students and families in their communities, and at the schools from whence they came. It is their way of ‘giving back’ to a society that helped to foster within them, an appreciation for hard work and a desire to achieve.
We have young Jamaicans in this group of awardees who despite their circumstances, believed in themselves and their ability to realise their dreams. A common thread which runs through the lives of these young people is that they are all involved in one or more youth groups. They have engaged themselves early in life in positive activities such as youth fellowship programmes, Scouts, Optimist Club and Key Club, where values and attitudes such as respect, fairness, punctuality, and integrity were inculcated in them. The results of these efforts are evident before us this afternoon. Before us are high academic achievers, professionals and people who have achieved dreams even beyond expectation.
GG Youth Award for Excellence
I therefore want to challenge these young persons today to be the catalyst for change and a motivator for other youth. Engage other young people in conversations whether face-to-face or through the many social network media with which you are quite familiar.
The persons who helped you along the way included teachers who gave extra lessons at no charge, neighbours who constantly encouraged and motivated you to stay on the right track and parents who made sacrifices so you could progress. The important fact is that these awardees have not forgotten their roots, and continue to give back to society in order to change lives and improve the circumstances of the people around them.
You have proven to be active, connected and caring citizens, and there is no doubt that your work and accomplishments demonstrate that any community, which has strong and innovative leaders at the forefront, and in which our youth are meaningfully engaged, can achieve self-sufficiency.
Gratitude to Sponsors, Planning Committee
I must also thank the corporate sponsors:
Your continued support has helped to deepen the significance of this Governor-General Achievement Awards for the recipients, their families and their communities. Your dedication to this Awards Scheme is highly appreciated.I thank you.