The significance of the Poppy

The areas of Northern France known as Flanders and Picardy saw some of the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting in the First World War. There was complete devastation. Buildings, roads, trees, and natural life simply disappeared. Where there once were homes and farms, was a sea of mud, and graves for the dead where men still lived and fought. The poppy flowers were the … Read more

Two New IBI Ambassadors Inducted

International Motivational Executive Coach, Dr Lisa Walker and her husband, Dr Peter Walker, Senior Director at Visa, are the newest I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors.  They were inducted by IBI Patron, Sir Patrick Allen during the Panel Discussion for Campus Ministries Day which The Governor-General hosted at King’s House on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Walkers, were guest presenters on a panel discussion for … Read more

Governor-General congratulates IBI Ambassadors

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has congratulated the four (4) I Believe Initiative Ambassadors who are among 19 Jamaicans recently awarded the 2019 Chevening Scholarships to study in the United Kingdom. The Ambassadors visited King’s House on a Courtesy Call on Friday, August 23. Observing that obtaining the Scholarships came with great academic input and involvement in social and volunteer activities, The Governor-General told the … Read more

24 Students Benefit from $17m in SOS Scholarships and Grants

Twenty-four tertiary-level students have received financial assistance totaling 17 million dollars in the seventh Annual Summer of Service Programme sponsored by The Governor- General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE). At the Presentation Ceremony at King’s House on Tuesday morning, August 20, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen congratulated the award recipients for their volunteerism, for showing they cared about others and that they were willing to make … Read more

IBI Summer of Service Programme Opens for Registration

The 2019 I Believe Initiative’s Summer of Service (SOS) Programme is open for registration. During the period April 2 to 30, 2019 exceptional students with dire financial need who are matriculating to colleges and/or universities for their 1st year of undergraduate study and those currently completing their 1st year to begin their 2nd in 2019, are invited to register. The Summer of Service (SOS) … Read more

Top Prize Winner of the I Believe Initiative’s 2017 Summer of Service Competition and Ambassador of the I Believe Initiative

My SOS Journey By Leneka Rhoden Attending University, as for most Jamaicans, was a mere dream as the economic hardship faced by a single parent household easily made taking a year off the easier option. A quote by Adrianne Locke, author of “Sacrifice”, states that “The best things in life don’t come easy, but those things are the ones worth the sacrifice.” Scholarships are … Read more

Medical Doctor, Special-Needs Student Highlight Governor General’s Summer Scholarships

A member of the deaf community and a medical doctor were the stars of the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative Summer of Service (SOS) awards presentation held at King’s House recently. Celine Lobban, a graduate of the Lister Mair Gilby High School for the Deaf, was awarded a full scholarship to cover her four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University … Read more

IBI-Monroe College Scholarship Recipient Makes Courtesy Call on His Excellency The Governor-General

His Excellency Hon Patrick Allen welcomed Mr Frenandez Lawrence, the recipient of the 2017 I Believe Initiative (IBI) Monroe College 4-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Information System Scholarship to King’s House. On Monday July 3,2017, I was on the IBI adjudication committee which selected Mr Lawrence to receive the scholarship from among several other competitors. Mr Peter Goldson was the Chairman of the … Read more

Medical Doctor, Special Needs Student Benefit from Governor-General’s IBI Summer Scholarship

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen congratulate the top three winners in the 2017 I Believe Initiative Summer Of Service Competition. L-R: Ms. Leneka Rhoden (1st), Mr. Vashawn Saxton (2nd) and Mr. Timothy Simmonds (3rd).

King’s House, Jamaica: A member of the deaf community and a medical doctor were the highlight of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) Summer of Service (SOS) Awards Presentation held at King’s House yesterday morning (August 22, 2017). Celine Lobban, a graduate of the Lister Mair Gilby High School for the Deaf was awarded a full scholarship to cover her 4-year Bachelor of Science … Read more

Ambassador Burchell Whiteman Applauds Digicel’s Face of Change Competition

Ambassador the Honourable Burchell Whiteman, Special Adviser to His Excellency the Governor-General, has commended the Digicel Foundation for its significant contribution to social development in Jamaica, through its engagement in education, community empowerment, values inculcation and sports among other areas. He was speaking at the Awards Ceremony for the Digicel Face of Change Competition held at King’s House on Friday (Apr. 21), at which … Read more