Ladies and gentlemen good morning.
The Girls’ Brigade is recognised worldwide as one of the foremost institutions offering guidance and sound moral values that will guide young girls along the path to becoming young ladies. Lady Allen and I are proud to be associated with this organisation and we are pleased with the contribution that it continues to make throughout Jamaica.
Among the many achievements of the organisation is the fact that it has fostered the empowerment and development of many women who now give unwavering service to this country. The spiritual, physical, and educational values that define the Girls’ Brigade are aimed at enriching lives that will eventually build the pillars of a progressive nation.
We can therefore celebrate in the knowledge that thousands of our young girls have been the beneficiaries of the fine principles of this Organisation.
The theme of this year’s activities, ‘Together we can’ is particularly significant at this period in our social development. It is a time in which so often we seem to be buffeted by seemingly never-ending challenges and setbacks. This is an opportunity for us to recognize the eminent achievements of our nation and believe that with the right values and attitudes we shall accomplish what we will.
The Girls’ Brigade has produced outstanding leaders who have not spared themselves in offering quality service to Jamaica. As such, today we celebrate the transcendental function of the noble and principled Girls’ Brigade movement on the lives of Jamaicans everywhere.
I offer heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the volunteers and leaders who have helped the Organisation to achieve and maintain the high standards for which it has become so revered.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to officially launch the National Month of Activities of the Girls Brigade, March 2011.
All the best in your endeavours!