Some 54 outstanding Jamaicans were installed as ambassadors for positive social change under the Governor-General’s ‘I Believe’ initiative on Thursday (November 30).
Speaking at the induction ceremony held at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen commended the new ambassadors and urged them to continue to make a positive impact on Jamaica’s development.
“The I Believe induction is not an award. It is an invitation into a community dedicated to leveraging Jamaica’s strengths to address the challenges. Each individual joining this movement is a valued friend and an ally in our collective effort to restore values and ensure peace in Jamaica,” he said.
The I Believe Initiative (IBI), launched in 2011, is a values-based initiative under the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE).
Sir Patrick emphasised that ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors are at the forefront, leading initiatives supporting education, youth empowerment, and the strengthening of families in their respective parishes.
“It is with immense pleasure that we formally welcome these individuals. This group includes representatives from our corporate sponsors, tertiary institutions that have generously provided scholarships, and members of our governance board who offer strategic guidance and aid also in resource mobilisation,” he said.
“I want to commend them for the efforts that have led to high-quality interventions regarding the empowerment of our young people. They support education and build resilient families. [These] are the pillars of the I Believe initiative,” he added.