Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Nominations now Open

Kingston, Jamaica: Nominations for the esteemed Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), is now open to the public. The closing date is midnight Thursday April 30, 2015.

These awards are being presented under the theme “Values through Volunteerism. Impacting Communities: One Community at a Time”.

Forty-two (42) persons across three (3) Age Group categories, each representing a parish, will be selected and honoured for leadership excellence. The Age Group categories are: 18-24 years, 25-35 years and over 35 years. The selection criteria focus on ‘Family’, ‘Youth’, ‘Education’ and the nominees’ impact in their ‘Community’. It is also keen on the individual’s ‘Creativity’, ‘Originality’, ‘Initiative’, and ‘Sustained Accomplishment’.

According to the programme’s National Coordinator, Major (Retired) Effiom B. Whyte, this year’s theme is an effort to reinforce the importance of volunteerism which is seemingly dying.

Nominees for the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards must be Jamaican Citizens. Information regarding eligibility for each award category along with the respective Personal Information Form is available via the King’s House and I Believe Initiative websites:, and the Office of the Custos Rotulorum.

Persons who have been the recipient of a National Award are not eligible.


For more information contact:

Major (Retired) Effiom B. Whyte, OD, JP

National Coordinator

Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence

Telephone: (876) 927.6424