35 Jamaicans Receive 2020 Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA)

Thirty-five (35) inspiring Jamaicans have been selected to receive the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA).

The award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to community and nation building, will be presented in a virtual ceremony to be staged in February 2021, under the theme: ‘Engaging, Empowering & Inspiring Jamaicans’.

The GGPE (Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence) is pleased to announce the 2020 awardees for:


St. Mary

–  18-24 category        Mr. Rahjean Sortie

–  25-35 category        Mr. Glenville McLeod

–  Over 35 category    Mr. Nigel Nelson


St. Catherine

–  18-24 category        Mr. Alrick Davis

–  25-35 category        Dr. Alex Tracey

–  Over 35 category    Dr. Errol Wright


St. Andrew

–  18-24 category        Ms. Tamoy Campbell

–  25-35 category        Dr. Romario Simpson

–  Over 35 category    Dr. Olivene Burke



–  18-24 category        Ms. Evryanna Hylton

–  25-35 category        Mr. Amorkard Brown

–  Over 35 category    Mr. Erold Pinkney


St. Thomas

–  18-24 category        Ms. Dena-Kay Taylor

–  Over 35 category    Ms. Janet Cousins



–  18-24 category         Ms. Shavonese Shirly

–  Over 35 category     Ms. Janet Brimm



–  18-24 category        Mr. Brandon Grant

–  Over 35 category    Mr. Nickoyon Brown


St. James

–  18-24 category         Mr. Rashaun Stewart

–  25-35 category         Mr. Jermaine Harris

–  Over 35 category     Mr. Conroy Thompson


St. Elizabeth

–  18-24 category         Ms. Shyan Robinson

–  25-35 category         Ms. Renea Bromfield

–  Over 35 category     Rev. Godfrey Watson



–  18-24 category        Ms. Crystal Scale

–  25-35 category        Ms. Monique Ingram

–  Over 35 category    Mrs. Patricia Reid



–  18-24 category        Ms. Britany Forsythe

–  25-35 category        Mr. Travis Benain

–  Over 35 category    Mrs. Morlett Schloss



–  18-24 category        Ms. Shamona Smith

–  Over 35 category    Ms. Aldith Stewart


St. Ann

–  18-24 category         Ms. Shanique Davidson

–  Over 35 category     Mr. Glenna Revers-Robb



–  Over 35 category    Ms. Shantae Grant



The GGAA is the award component of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) and was established to acknowledge the meaningful contribution of community leaders and to celebrate the success of persons who model service above self and impact national life.

Recipients aged eighteen (18) to thirty-five (35) are selected on the basis of academic achievements, while persons thirty-five (35) and above must demonstrate evidence of leadership through innovative and sustainable community projects that impact family, youth and education.


For more information, please contact Mr. Abrahim Simmonds via email at asimmonds@kingshouse.gov.jm or phone at 876-550-9460, or Mr. Alex Sterling via email at email at asterling@kingshouse.gov.jm, or phone at 876-550-4534.


Thirty-seven (37) youth and community champions were inducted as ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors. The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) hosted the 2020 IBI Ambassadors’ Induction Ceremony, under the theme ‘Engaging, Empowering & Inspiring Jamaicans’. The virtual ceremony was also used to showcase how the Programme uses its activities to engage and empower IBI Ambassadors to take on the mantle of IBI to use what’s right with Jamaica to fix what’s wrong with Jamaica, and by so doing, inspire other Jamaicans to do the same. The newly inducted IBI Ambassadors are individuals who are involved in their communities, have shown commitment and motivation to make a difference in our society.

New IBI Ambassadors charged to keep their commitment to the service of others and country 

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen welcomed the newly installed IBI Ambassadors and charged them to use their platforms to help increase the IBI’s visibility and accessibility.

His Excellency The Governor-General also renewed the call for more activities that build healthy families which can in turn create enabling environments that prepare young people for positive participation in our society – as the family is the bedrock of our society.

Many of our IBI Ambassadors are involved in other social, community and service Initiatives and were encouraged to pull on the wider network.

Custodes instrumental in the pinning of new IBI Ambassadors across the country.

The COVID-19 restrictions meant that new IBI Ambassadors would not have been received and pinned through the annual IBI Luncheon. Parish Custodes were invited to pin IBI Ambassadors at ceremonies held at the parish level.

Miss World Pinned ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassador

Miss World 2019, Toni-ann Singh was pinned an ‘I Believe’ (IBI) Ambassador and inducted into the ‘I Believe Initiative’ on a Courtesy Call at King’s House on Monday, December 23rd. Governor- General, Sir Patrick Allen noted that Miss Singh was fit to represent the IBI in keeping with her project at the Women’s Centre Foundation in St. Thomas.

The IBI’s mandate “using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong with Jamaica” is actioned through Miss Singh’s passion and commitment to provide young Mothers with the support, resources and direction to not only navigate Motherhood- but to do so whilst continuing the pursuit of their education.

Toni-ann, who recited the IBI pledge, was pinned by Her Excellency Lady Allen and adds to the initiative’s two hundred plus membership. Following her pinning, His Excellency encouraged Toni-Ann to keep the Spirit of Jamaica alive and also the principles taught by her parents, Sir Patrick also wished her success during her reign.


IBI Ambassadorship is awarded on the basis of impactful service to Community and volunteerism.


Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Patrick Allen is to host his annual Youth Consultative Conference on Wednesday, November 6  at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme “ End Human Trafficking”. The conference is held under His Excellency’s ‘I Believe’ initiative, which takes a targeted approach at addressing young people and providing a platform for them to voice their opinions, dreams and visions for themselves and Jamaica.

Delegates from last year’s conference chose the theme as they believe it to be a  key issue plaguing the Jamaican socio economic landscape. The objectives of this year’s conference are to increase public awareness, to discourage trafficking in persons (TIP) activities, warn vulnerable citizens, build capacity among stakeholders, train and sensitize Jamaican youth to identify victims of human trafficking.

His Excellency will also use this opportunity to inspire the youth to believe in their ability to do more and make an impact. This is in keeping the view expressed at his inauguration that, ‘I believe that there is nothing that is wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica’.

The ‘ I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) was launched in 2011 and is one component of the Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence (GGPE). The service-oriented programme for youth, focuses its projects and activities on family, youth and education; with a mission  ‘To create pathways through partnerships and to promote programmes that restore hope, belief, and sound values in Jamaica’s families, youth and education.’

Two New IBI Ambassadors Inducted

International Motivational Executive Coach, Dr Lisa Walker and her husband, Dr Peter Walker, Senior Director at Visa, are the newest I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors.  They were inducted by IBI Patron, Sir Patrick Allen during the Panel Discussion for Campus Ministries Day which The Governor-General hosted at King’s House on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

The Walkers, were guest presenters on a panel discussion for students from colleges and universities across the Island and give useful insight on motivation, planning, and achieving goals. The Panel Discussion was sponsored by the Adventist Laypersons Service Industries (ASI) and the I Believe Initiative (IBI).

The National Coordinator for The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), Sonja Simms, met with the Walkers the days prior and explained the concept and goals of the IBI. At that meeting which characterized the ASI weekend of activities, Simms introduced the Walkers to several of the IBI Ambassadors who shared  their life transformation projects. The Walkers immediately identified various areas where they could provide support to the IBI.

Dr Lisa Walker has committed to provide financial assistance, from her annual Potluck, which she will change to a fundraising event, as well as computer software and hardware.  Dr Peter Walker, who is a member of the US National Council of Back Engineers has promised to secure internships for emerging engineers through the IBI.

Dr Lisa Walker, who is a Master Certified Executive Coach, holds a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Texas, Austin where she is a faculty member.  She provides training in Emotional, Social and Conversational Intelligence for leaders.

Dr Peter Walker holds a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brown University. He is currently a Senior Director at Visa and leads the Company’s next generation Artificial Intelligence Platform. He was the Cofounder of JamKazam, a social media interactive platform that enable musicians to discover, connect and play live and coordinated across the Internet.

The Walkers, who are originally from St Mary, spoke about rising from humble beginnings to being globally recognized as leaders in their respective fields.  They have been ‘giving back’ to Jamaica through sponsoring four students annually to pursue  their tertiary education., providing annual financial support for the  Maranatha Outreach project in Africa, and are  now planning to assist with refurbishing the computer laboratory at St Mary’s High School, which was recently destroyed by fire.

The induction of the Walkers bring to over 250 the number of IBI Ambassadors who have been indicted since the Programme started in 2011.  Ambassadors are located in Jamaica, the United States, and the United Kingdom.