Programme Guidelines (Jamaica)

Governance and Administration

Advisory Board

The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) is governed by an Advisory Board comprised of:

1. His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick L. Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J Governor-General of Jamaica and Chairman of the Board

2. The National Coordinator Secretary

3. Six (6) Major Sponsors. One (1) Representative each from:

  • The Gleaner Company Limited
  • The Jamaica National Building Society
  • The Victoria Mutual Building Society
  • The Scotia Jamaica Building Society
  • Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies
  • FLOW

4. Three (3) Custodes (Persons Selected by His Excellency)

5. Five (5) Resource Persons (Persons Named by His Excellency and Advisory Committee)


Selection Committee

Comprises members of the Parish Committee led by the Custos.

To assist the Parish Committee it is important that the Nominator give full details of the Nominee.



1. Major (Ret’d) Effiom B. Whyte, OD, JP
National Coordinator
Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence
Email Contact:

2. Ms. Tricia N. Grier, JP, MBA
Project Officer
Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence
Email Contact:


General Information

The Selection Committee , comprised of members of the Parish Committee, will independently review all nominations to ensure they meet the selection standards and eligibility criteria.

Being nominated does NOT guarantee that a candidate will receive an award. The committee will rank the nominees and decide on the final award determinations. The names with credentials are submitted by the Custos to His Excellency the Governor-General for approval.

NOTE: To assist the Parish Committee it is important that the Nominator give full details of the Nominee.



To be eligible, a candidate must:

  1. Be a Jamaican Citizen
  2. Be within one of three age group categories: 18 – 24 years, 25 – 35 years or over 35 years
  3. Have an outstanding and verifiable record of community service. Students must also have attained strong or excellent academic performance.

NOTE: Persons who have been the recipient of a National Honour or Award are not eligible to be considered for a Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA).



The Nominator must submit his/her nomination in writing to the Office of the Custos in the parish where the Nominee resides. The nomination is complete when both the Nomination Form and the nominee’s Personal Information Form (along with required documentation) have been submitted. DEADLINE: Friday, March 17, 2017


Selection Criteria

The selection criteria focus on ‘Family’, ‘Youth’, ‘Education’ and ‘Community impact’. They also emphasize ‘Creativity’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Initiative’, and ‘Sustained Accomplishment’. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation attesting to the personal character and achievement of the nominee are required. These may be from a:

  1. Clergy Member
  2. School Administrator
  3. Justice of the Peace
  4. Police Officer (Rank: Inspector or above)

Forms to be Completed

Persons should ensure that the correct form per Age Group Category is selected.

  1. The Nomination Form: To be completed by the Nominator / person nominating a candidate.
  2. The Personal Information Form: To be completed by the Nominee.

A candidate’s Personal Information Form MUST include the following:

  1. Personal and Contact Information
  2. Confirmation of eligibility
  3. Education history
  4. Community service that has been given.
  5. A description of extra-curricular involvement.
  6. Two (2) photographs* – (Passport size, colour)

Additional requirements:

  1. Character References
  2. Response to discussion question (*See Addendum per Age Category)
  3. Resume
  4. School Transcript(s) or Original Certificates (As applicable)

NOTE: Refer to ‘Selection Criteria’ section above for the list of persons who may provide character reference for a nominee.