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GG honours visionaries, leaders

Published:Friday | June 21, 2024 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Gleaner Writer
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presents Dr Pearl Ann Jarrett from the United Kingdom category over 35 years old with her Achievement Award.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presents Dr Pearl Ann Jarrett from the United Kingdom category over 35 years old with her Achievement Award.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents, from Canada, Mark Henry (centre) and Steven Getten - category over 35 years old with their Achievement Award at the Diaspora Presentation Ceremony at the 10th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents, from Canada, Mark Henry (centre) and Steven Getten - category over 35 years old with their Achievement Award at the Diaspora Presentation Ceremony at the 10th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, Montego Bay on Wednesday.
Sir Patrick Allen presents Dahlia Ann Blake of the United States for the over 35 age group category with her Achievement Award at the Diaspora Presentation Ceremony at the 10th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Ro
Sir Patrick Allen presents Dahlia Ann Blake of the United States for the over 35 age group category with her Achievement Award at the Diaspora Presentation Ceremony at the 10th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, Montego Bay on Wednesday.
Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan with an Achievement Award.
Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan with an Achievement Award.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

INSPIRING STORIES, perseverance and commitment to excellence highlighted the roles played by the recipients of the Governor General’s Diaspora Awards 2024 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Wednesday.

Five individuals were celebrated, including cultural ambassador and international reggae star, Gramps Morgan, who was recognised for his philanthropy and preservation of the culture.

Morgan shared the spotlight with Dr Pearl Jarrett, a visionary Jamaican leader based in the United Kingdom, who is renowned for turning ideas into impactful action; and United States of America-based medical doctor, Dahlia Blake, who has achieved excellence in her field, even while mentoring others.

They were fêted alongside Canadian-Jamaicans Mark Henry, who has had tremendous success redirecting his path towards service to others and Steven Getten, whose dedication to helping diaspora youths and promotion of financial literacy have had meaningful impact.

Introduced in 2008, The Governor General’s Diaspora Awards for Excellence are presented biennially to Jamaicans and those of Jamaican heritage in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom, for their outstanding contribution to diaspora communities and Jamaica’s development. The awards are done during the 10th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.

“Individuals of substance whose stories are not just inspiring, but a testament to the human spirit and perseverance,” Sir Patrick Allen remarked. “What we hear today about the awardees is not only a snapshot, but relevant on many assumptions. There is so much more about them.”

The governor general began by sharing the story of Getten, who experienced many highs and lows after migrating to Canada. During this journey, Getten discovered his purpose as a representative of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council from Canada.

Dedicated to creating a sense of loyalty among Jamaican youths facing hardships in their new homes, Getten offers knowledge on basic financial literacy programmes and fosters meaningful migration and integration.

When he mentioned the other Canadian being recognised, Henry, he described him as a son of Jamaica who has become fluent in French and achieved numerous successes. “A transformative moment redirected Mark’s path towards serving others, leading to significant contributions within his community,” Sir Patrick said.

He gave insight on the serious health challenges Dr Burns face, yet she could be deterred, remaining a force of innovation and action. Her contributions include introducing renewable energy solutions in Germany and establishing a significant school furniture initiative. Her work demonstrates the impact of resilience and creativity, stated the governor general.

In the case of Dr Jarrett, she was credited for turning ideas into action. She exemplifies the power of innovative thinking and community-focused initiatives, making significant contributions globally, was how Sir Patrick paid tribute to this woman who is an inventor of an atmospheric water generator.

In recognising Gramps Morgan, Sir Patrick spoke of a man who embodies the core values of his heritage and community, expressing gratitude and commitment to giving back to Jamaica.

Morgan’s work highlights the importance of maintaining deep connections to one’s roots, stated the governor general, who emphasised that these achievements are part of a larger vision: the Governor General’s Programme for Excellence.

“This programme serves as a conduit for showcasing what is right about Jamaica. Through the ‘I Believe’ Initiative, the programme focuses on inculcating great values, particularly emphasising family, youth, and education. The mantra, ‘Using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong with Jamaica’, encapsulates this vision.

“We applaud the work that you have done in your new roles while maintaining a deep connection to your homeland, Jamaica,” Sir Patrick stated. “It is what makes the world go round. These shining examples use all their talents to their fullest potential to benefit our young people.”

He concluded with a call to action: “I invite you all to join this beacon of hope, to stand together, and uplift each other. By working collectively, we can build a brighter future for Jamaica and Jamaicans everywhere.”