His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has honoured a commitment to raise two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Frank Morgan Revolving Loan Programme which is managed by the Association of Clubs (AOC) in Petersfield, Westmoreland. On Thursday (May 15) Sir Patrick Allen visited the community as part of his tour of the parish of Westmoreland and witnessed the presentation of a cheque for $250,000 to Mrs. Norma Fenton, President of the Association, by Mrs. Joylene Griffiths-Irving, Executive Director of the Scotia Foundation.
Mrs. Griffiths-Irving said ScotiaBank was convinced that this was a right way to invest in the parish of Westmoreland and thanked the Governor-General for involving her organization in his I Believe Initiative (IBI). Two beneficiaries of the loan programme expressed appreciation for the opportunity which it had afforded them to complete their teaching diplomas.
In his address, Sir Patrick Allen lauded the Petersfield AOC for its exemplary efforts towards community development and self-reliance. He said that the IBI’s focus this year is on youth, hence the sponsorship of an IBI/AOC Essay Competition and the launch of a Youth IBI Ambassadors programme in Petersfield.
The Governor-General noted that entries in the essay competition proved that the young people have very good ideas for transforming the nation. “The essays proved that the AOC youth have very good ideas for transforming our nation. My challenge to the youth is that you must go beyond mere words and see how you can implement these ideas in this very neighbourhood,” he said.
Prizes were presented to the top four competitors in the essay competition and six IBI Youth Ambassadors were inducted and pinned during the visit.