Do you know someone who has made significant impact within the diaspora community and has excelled academically despite their humble beginnings? If this person is a citizen of Jamaica and has never received a National Honour or Award, you could nominate him or her for special recognition by His Excellency The Governor-General of Jamaica.
About the Governor-General’S Achievement Awards (GGAA)
The Governor-General’s Achievement Awards scheme has been in existence since 1991. It was set up under the distinguished patronage of then Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD with the financial support of the Building Societies and The Gleaner Company Limited, the Custodes, as well as representatives from the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, and from legal, business, community and religious organizations.
The Programme got off to a national start under the leadership of the Custodes along with their Parish Committee, formed to promote, distribute, receive and assess nominations from the public.
In 2007, under the initiative of then Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Kenneth O. Hall, ON, OJ, the Governor-General’s Youth Award for Excellence and the Diaspora Award were established.
The latter recognizes and promotes excellence among persons giving selfless service within their diaspora community and/or persons helping to develop a community in Jamaica.
Under the leadership of current Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J, the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards programme continues to be recognized as one of Jamaica’s most successful and prestigious.
Biennially, at a special ceremony during the Diaspora Conference, two (2) persons from the USA, UK and Canada, receive a plaque and GGAA pin together with a Citation signed by the Governor-General and the Head of Mission for the respective region. The GGAA pin is to be worn by the Award Recipient as a symbol of pride for his / her contribution to Nation Building.
How to Nominate Someone
To nominate a candidate, you (the Nominator) complete Page 2 of this document. The Nominee will be required to complete a Personal Information Form (PIF) and provide specific documentation to validate the information included on the form.
All documents must be submitted to the nearest Jamaican Consulate, Embassy or High Commission in the region where the Nominee resides.