Nomination Form (Diaspora)

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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 the 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 in the various parishes where committees were 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 of Excellence and the Diaspora Award were established to recognize and promote excellence among persons giving selfless service within their diaspora community and/or 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, KStJ, the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards programme continues to be recognized as one of Jamaica’s most successful and prestigious.

GGAA Emblems

Biennially, at a special ceremony during the Diaspora Conference, three (3) Award Recipients, each from the USA, UK and Canada, receive a plaque and GGAA pin together with a Citation signed by the Governor-General of Jamaica 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

In order to nominate a candidate, you, the Nominator, must complete Page 2 of this document. The candidate or Nominee will be required to complete a Personal Information Form and provide specific documentation to validate the information included on the form.

All documents must be submitted to the Head of Missions where the Nominee resides. Contact information for the Head of Missions is accessible via the internet at

NOMINATION DEADLINE: All required documents must be submitted to the High Commission or Embassy no later than Friday, April 5, 2019. Incomplete submissions by the deadline will be rejected.

Click here to download the Nomination Form.