Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, has cited the Boys’ Brigade as a crucial organisation in the development of the nation’s young people. In his message read by Custos of Manchester, Dr. Gilbert Allen, at the Boys’ Brigade Founder’s Day Church Service, held yesterday (October 26), at the Ridgemount United Church in Mandeville, the Governor-General said the organisation has helped to mould the youth in building interpersonal relationships.
“The Boys’ Brigade of Jamaica, has played a seminal role in the social development of our youth. It has been instrumental in helping to instil discipline, obedience and self-respect in our young boys, and have provided them with guidance and direction as they mature. As an organisation dedicated to the care of youth in the society, the Boys’ Brigade of Jamaica, remains a central figure for the advancement and preservation of values and attitudes that will positively impact how our young men learn to relate to others,” he said.
The Governor-General added that many Jamaicans have gained leadership skills through the group and are making contributions to national life. He said necessary support should be given to the organisation, as it has remained on a path of integrity and service to the country.
“Many persons who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavour or given outstanding service to Jamaica are indebted to the Brigade for the opportunity they received through their involvement with the organisation. This is a testimony that the work of the Brigade should be encouraged and supported, as the effort made today will ultimately endure to the benefit of the entire nation. I commend the Boys’ Brigade of Jamaica to our youth and for remaining steadfast in helping them to cultivate a culture of integrity and volunteerism,” he added.