Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence COVID-19 Response

The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence Secretariat has been monitoring closely the developments regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica, and our priority remains the safety of you, our stakeholders. Adhering to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), we are taking the precautionary health measures to work remotely to continue serving you. Please note that the application … Read more

King’s House Advisory – COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of the Governor-General and Staff wishes to advise the public that in response to safety concerns and the new guidelines established to combat the spread of COVID-19, that all social programmes to include Tours, Events, Courtesy Calls, and other visits to King’s House have been postponed with immediate effect and until further notice. Only mandatory matters of state will be dealt with … Read more

Lady Allen Returns to Her Roots

On Thursday March 12, 2020 the St. Mary-based Horace Clarke High School (formerly Islington High) welcomed Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen for its fourth celebration of Lady Allen Day. The day marks the school’s annual awards ceremony at the Islington-based institution and community from which the wife of the Governor-General hails. In her greetings, Lady Allen, encouraged the gathering by recalling details … Read more

GGPE Takes Centre stage at the UK-Jamaica Fair

The third iteration of the UK-Jamaica Fair was held on the West Lawns of King’s House on Saturday, February 29th. There, the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) was on full display showcasing the impact and reach of the Programme. Aided by an army of I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors, the GGPE booth was an informational tool that provided visitors with a first-hand experience of … Read more

2020 Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the Governor -General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), are now open to the public. The closing date is 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2020. These Awards are being presented under the theme “Engaging, Empowering and Inspiring Jamaicans”. Forty-two (42) persons across three (3) age group categories – each representing a parish – will be selected and honoured for leadership excellence. The age group categories … Read more

Miss World Pinned ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassador

Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh was inducted as an Ambassador of the Governor-General’s prestigious ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Programme. The induction and pinning ceremony, was conducted by the Governor General in a Courtesy Call at King’s House on Monday, December 23rd. His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen noted that Miss Singh was fit to represent the service oriented initiative owning to the nature of her … Read more

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’s Scholarship Rekindles Hope for Teenage Mother

After being in the academic wilderness for an entire year in 2018, twenty-three year-old Kinshasa Johnson was among three students awarded with The Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative Summer of Service Scholarships to attend the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). She was presented with a scholarship in the sum of over one million dollars ($J1, 000,000) to complete years two through to four of her Bachelor … 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