Stellavit Antonio Ingram, an educator, and currently Principal of Rock All-Age School, in the parish of Clarendon, maintains that his objective is to work in an environment where “my pedagogical skills will be effectively utilized to improve student learning and to provide effective instructional leadership in schools.”
His teaching career started at York Town Primary School, in York Town, Clarendon, in 2005 where he was a Senior Teacher; prior to assuming leadership at Rock All-Age School. He has also been involved in student assessment, as a GSAT Marker in Testing and Measurement; and was an adjudicator of the Clarendon Inter-Primary and Secondary School Debating Competition.
During the period 1997 through 2007, Mr. Ingram pursued a decade of academic studies, which has significantly impacted his performance as a teacher. He acquired a Diploma in Technical and Vocational Education (Business Studies) at the University of Technology in year 2000; and, subsequently, he achieved the Bachelors of Education, Technical and Vocational Studies (Business), from that same institution in 2002.
Then it was on to The Mico University College, where he achieved a Post Diploma Certificate in School Management and Administration. He also pursued further studies in Canada and the United States of America—gaining a Post-Diploma in School Management from Mount Vincent University, Canada; and he was the Valedictorian of his Class, when he received the Master of Science in Leadership in Education at the Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA.
An active participant in Service Clubs, he was elected President of the Kiwanis Club of May Pen in 2005; and since 2007 he continues to serve on the Directorate of the Club. Mr. Ingram was instrumental in starting the “Feed People” programme, at the May Pen Infirmary.
A devoted member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Mr. Ingram has been a Sunday School Superintendent, Youth Director, Children’s Director and Secretary of the Church Board.
Stellavit Ingram, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Clarendon have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence 2011.
It is said that opportunity comes by once but Miss Karen Rose Grant believes that every individual deserves a second chance in life. She also lives by the mantra that “hard work, honesty and efficiency keep an individual in the path of success.”
Miss Grant has received her share of second chances. As a student Miss Grant became seriously ill just before sitting her O’ Level exams at Rusea’s High School, but nevertheless managed to successfully pass three subjects. Her second chance came when she registered at the Montego Bay Community College the following year and through much hard work, attained passes in a further seven subjects.
Today, after that setback in high school, Miss Grant currently holds several academic certifications from local and international tertiary institutions. They include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Franklin University USA; Associate of Applied Business in Management and Entrepreneurship, Hocking College USA; Certificate, ACCA Institute London; Certificate in Journalism, The University of the West Indies and Certificate Computer Application, Montego Bay Community College. At present, Miss Karen Rose Grant is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration majoring in Law, at the University of Wales in the UK.
Miss Grant has had a successful career in the hotel industry and has served in several leadership and held key positions of responsibility. Her efficiency was placed in the spotlight during a six-year period when she simultaneously held two managerial portfolios. She currently manages her own business while being employed on a full-time basis.
Eager to share her success and motivate others to achieve, Miss Grant has created avenues for other Jamaicans to be given a second chance to achieve their goals. She began by serving as an active member of the Hopewell Citizens’ Association at age fifteen. A member and Senator of the Hopewell chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Miss Grant has risen steadily through the ranks of the movement. Positions held include President of the Jamaica JCI; President of the West Indies JCI and President of the World JCI. As Board Chairman for the Friends of Hopewell Charity she is involved in the upgrading of schools, marshalling a continuous reading programme for students and promoting environmental best practices for sustainable development.
Miss Grant has received many awards and recognition. She is a recipient of the Most Outstanding Junior Chamber Member for the 2000-2010 Decade; Most Outstanding Junior Chamber President of the Caribbean and Round Hill’s Long Service Award for 25 years of outstanding service.
Miss Karen Rose Grant it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Hanover have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for 2011.
Despite the volatile culture of the inner city community of Parade Gardens, in downtown Kingston, where Jerome Cowan lives, he was determined that he would “stay on the right path,” and not become a part of crime statistics; as well as to avoid the violence, which claimed the lives of several of his close friends.
He eschewed “going out of his way for money,” although his family constantly experienced severe financial constraints; and, instead, chose to become a dedicated, hard working young man.
Today, Jerome, a confident and self-motivated 21-year old, is a final year student at The University of the West Indies, where he is pursuing a Bachelors Degree, with a major in Economics, and a minor, in Public Sector Management.
Jerome attended Jamaica College, where he was an outstanding student. He attained eight CSEC subjects, including four distinctions, two credits and two passes. He also sat eight CAPE subjects; and was awarded grades two to four.
In addition, he was a senior prefect and model student at JC; where he was declared the Most Outstanding Youth Leader. He was also Public Relations Officer of the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs; and he placed first in the island wide Sunday School examinationas.
Throughout his high school life, Jerome contributed to the positive side of his community, through developmental activities. He is President of the LEAD Youth Club, an organization which secured more than 20 tertiary scholarships for students in his community. He also served as Vice-President of the Parade Gardens CDC Benevolent Society; President of the Kingston Youth Council; and was a member of the National Youth Parliament. He was also recognised by several organizations, including Scotiabank Jamaica Limited, the Citizens Security and Justice Programme and RISE Life Management Services, for his leadership abilities.
Jerome maintains that he is dedicated to accomplishing every task given to him; and that he strives for nothing less than “excellence.” As a result, he has become a role model in his community.
Jerome Cowan, it is with pride with pride that and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Kingston have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Youth Award of Excellence 2011.
Lanisia Kimarie Rhoden was awarded the 2009 Miss Manchester Festival Queen, in the Parish Competition of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Le Monde Concessionaire & Catering Services.
A focused and multi-talented young woman, Ms. Rhoden plans to become a successful entrepreneur, lecturer in business and entrepreneurship; to pursue a Masters Degree in Business Entrepreneurship; and train Jamaicans to develop small businesses and make them into successful ventures.
Born in the parish of Manchester, Lanisia Rhoden was educated at Manchester High School, where she was successful in seven CXC subjects. She later attended the University of Technology Jamaica (UTECH) and achieved the Bachelor of Science Degree, First Class (Hon.), in Food Service Management. She subsequently spent eight months in Grenoble, France where she worked as an English Language Assistant at Lycee Pierre Beghin, Moirans; as well as, improved her appreciation for French culture and its diversity.
During her studies she was the recipient of several scholarship awards. At UTECH, she received the Tastee Jamaica Scholarship 2004-2006, and the University of Technology, Jamaica Scholarship, 2005-2006. She also made the Dean’s Honour Roll in 2006, and was awarded Best Major Project Display in 2007.
Following her studies in France, she joined the HEART Trust/NTA, the National Training Agency, as an Instructor in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, Food & Beverage and the French Language. She was instrumental in the development of HEART’s Commercial Enterprise; and was responsible for the launch of the Culture Club.
One of Lanisia’s most outstanding non-academic achievements was the formation of the non-governmental organization—Young Women of Purpose (Y-WOP) in 2009, structured to provide effective mentorship; professional assistance to young women in the selection of their careers; and give them a positive perspective on life.
In her community, Ms Rhoden has served as Deputy Chairman for the National Youth Council of Jamaica, and Director of Professional Services for the Mandeville Rotaract Club. She has also participated in the 3D Project’s Christmas Treat, and the One Million Can Walkathon Campaign.
Lanisia Kimarie Rhoden, it is with confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Manchester, have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award of Excellence for the year 2011.
Chazelle Elizabeth Rhoden is a meticulous worker, who believes in herself, and has demonstrated the true essence of leadership in all her endeavours. Based on her academic achievements, she emerged as one of two recipients of the largest ever non-military scholarships to Wesleyan University, USA, offered to students in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Miss Rhoden excelled in her academic pursuits, and attained 12 CSEC passes with eight distinctions and four credits. In the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), Unit 1, she attained three distinctions. In 2010, she graduated from Titchfield High School in Port Antonio, Portland, as the top Spanish and Geography student; and was the valedictorian of her class.
She was the SAILS awardee for July 2010, the Top A- QUEST student in November 2010, and a Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) awardee.
An active student, Chazelle served as Head Girl at the Titchfield High School, was Form Captain, President of the Environmental Club, President of the Peer Counseling Society, Public Relations Officer and Secretary of the Titchfield 4-H Club, Unit Sergeant Cadet Movement, President Portland Junior League, and a member of the Science, Modern Language, as well as the Red Cross and Student Counselor Clubs.
Chazelle also devoted time and energy to her community. She taught mathematics to two boys in the summer of 2010; cared for the disabled; and assisted with the painting of the Port Antonio Infirmary; as well as, the school’s beautification project and beach clean-ups. And, she was an active member of the PNP Youth Club.
Chazelle Elizabeth Rhoden, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Portland have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award of Excellence for 2011.
Vivian Blake was born in St. Elizabeth in 1979 and made the journey to Kingston to enroll in the Salvation Army School for the Blind in 1984. Unshackled by his disability, Vivian later attended Calabar High School where he successfully completed eight CXC subjects in grade eleven, and two ‘A’ Level subjects in sixth form.
In 2003, he entered The University of the West Indies, Mona where he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.
While at the University, Vivian was very involved in student affairs and served as Vice President of the Social Work Students Association. He also served in the Office for Special Student Services and the National Digital Library for the Blind. Vivian was Vice President of the UWI Special Students Association and has been President of that Association since 2006. This is a position he holds while currently employed as a Guidance Counsellor at the Salvation Army School for the Blind.
Mr. Blake entered the JCDC Gospel Song Competition as a song writer in 2005 and as a song writer and performer in 2010. He was instrumental in providing leadership for the organisation of an Inclusive Education Advocacy Conference in 2007 and spearheaded an on-campus sensitization programme for the accommodation of students with disabilities to higher education.
Vivian Blake, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St Andrew have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award for 2011.
A qualified nurse, Ruth Jacinth Mirth Brown has demonstrated her commitment to the development of her country, Jamaica, through the health service, championing health promotion as a “vehicle for bringing about the requisite changes.”
Miss Brown has been highly commended for her outstanding accomplishments in the field of Youth Development and Empowerment, through the Jamaica Family Planning Association (FAMPLAN Jamaica) and the Youth Advocacy Movement (YAM); as well as, a project to fight AIDS through training and education, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education, the Jamaica Red Cross and Police Youth Clubs.
Her work has been evaluated by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and was highly rated, as having impacted young people whom she has trained as Peer Educators.
Through her involvement with health initiatives, she has participated in several regional workshops in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Surinam, and Guyana, in the areas of youth advocacy and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
A graduate of Ferncourt High School, Miss Brown served as Head Girl, and was active in the Debate and Drama Clubs. She also participated in track and field and was a member of the Girls Guides Association. She then attended Moneague College; and subsequently matriculated at The University of the West Indies, where she achieved the B.Sc. in Nursing and a Diploma in Business Administration.
In her community, Miss Brown has participated in health fairs and carried out projects in conjunction with the Jamaica Red Cross, Jamaica AIDS Support and Children First. She was also an active participant in several training workshops hosted by the Canadian International Development Agency, Pan American Health Organisation and Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation.
Ms. Brown, who now works as a Registered Nurse at Cornwall Regional Hospital, has also coordinated a Practical Nursing Project for the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET). Her primary ambition is to operate a Home, which caters to children and the elderly.
Ruth Jacinth Mirth Brown, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St. Ann have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence 2011.
Ava Whyte, a Project Supervisor at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), believes that, “Challenges will always present themselves, once you have a goal; but, with God, all things are possible.”
As someone who “worked” to achieve her tertiary educational objectives, over the years she has used her own challenges to motivate others. A brilliant student, she received scholarships and secured part-time jobs to support her studies.
A student leader at the UWI, Ms. Whyte was instrumental in planning health fairs, the Miss Taylor Hall competition, etiquette seminars, and she participated in the Tallawah Performing Arts Competition. She has also presented motivational speeches at high schools; and participated in a charity fundraiser for the “Dare to Care Home” for children infected with HIV.
In her professional life, Ms. Whyte has worked as a Data Entry Clerk at the Pre-University School; a Technician at the Phillip Sherlock Centre; a Teacher, Universidad Nacional de Columbia; Manager, Flawless Productions Ltd.; Teacher, ACRM Evening Institute, University of Technology; and she is currently Project Supervisor at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).
In her community, Ms. Whyte is an ardent volunteer, serving as Secretary of the Tryall Heights Police Youth Club from 1997-1999; Past President for Youth Development, in the Youth Ministry at New Life Church of God, 1998-2003, where she participated in the Young Evangelistic Service (YES), Labour Day activities and served the sick as well as shut-ins. And, since 2010 she has been a volunteer at the Jamaica Red Cross and the Social Development Commission.
In carrying out her community activities, Ms. Whyte learned that, “as a leader, things may not work as planned; however, this should never deter you in the pursuit of your vision and goals.”
Ava Whyte, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St. Catherine have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence 2011.
He pursued this routine twice on school days for many years, while attending the Mayfield and Pedro Plains All-Age schools. On weekends, he would cut grass for the goats and assists his siblings with other household chores.
The discipline of hard work paid off for Lawrence as he excelled at the Jamaica Local Examinations and later studied public health at the West Indies School of Public Health. He worked as a Public Health Inspector, then as a Farm Manager prior to establishing his business in 1982. The operation began as a farm store and was later expanded to a full scale supermarket.
Mr. Stephenson has made tremendous contributions to his community,
helping students with lunch money, providing food items from his supermarket
and money to cover their medical expenses.
He is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of St. Elizabeth; and has
served on the boards of the B.B. Coke High School, Hampton High School and
Bethlehem All-Age School. The local
police and the
Lawrence Stephenson, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St. Elizabeth have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for 2011.
In the parish of St. James, and the Flanker Community in particular, the name Marilyn McIntosh-Nash is synonymous with ‘sharing, caring and lending a helping hand,’ values to which Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen alluded to in his Inaugural Address, ‘I Believe.’
A Justice of the Peace, Marilyn McIntosh-Nash is a Jamaican from modest social and economic circumstances who, by improving herself academically and professionally, has used this to help the less fortunate.
Her parents divorced when she was only nine years old, leaving her mother –now a single parent – to care for four biological and two adopted children. When she graduated from Montego Bay High School at age 16 in 1981, Mrs. McIntosh-Nash went to work at the National Commercial Bank at Red Hills Mall in Kingston in order to help her mother take care of her younger siblings.
She migrated briefly to the United States of America, and took advantage of the opportunity to pursue academic studies that had been stymied by her early marriage. After studies in areas related to law and dispute resolution at the Faith Restoration Centre in Brooklyn, New York, South Texas University Law School and the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, she returned to Jamaica to further her studies.
Since her return to Jamaica, has completed studies in areas that have equipped her in areas such as peer education, youth counselling, parenting, social assessment and dispute resolution. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
But, it is in the field of community development for which Mrs. McIntosh-Nash is well known. The initiator of the programmes at the Flanker Peace and Justice Centre, Mrs. McIntosh-Nash has been instrumental in leading a community-based initiative for resolving disputes and restoring peace to the once volatile community.
Her civic involvement includes being a Justice of the Peace for the parish of St. James, President of the Flanker Community Development Committee, Special Projects Coordinator with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and Chairman of the Grants Basic School. She is a board member of the St. James Peace Management Initiative, Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, Youth Crime Watch Jamaica and the Providence Heights Basic School.
Despite her busy schedule of community activities and being a mother to three biological and two foster children, Mrs. McIntosh-Nash still find time and resources to engage in numerous informal adoptions in and out of the parish.
Mrs. Marilyn McIntosh-Nash JP, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St James have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for 2010.
Miss Avril Patrice Hines, an educator and active sports enthusiast, has been highly commended and recognised for her excellent contribution to education and cultural activities in the parish of St. Mary; and throughout her high school and university studies, she has been a member of award-winning athletic teams, as well as emerging as an individual winner.
Miss Hines, along with her team members, was the recipient of numerous awards in netball and track and field, in meets held by St. Mary High School in 1996; Brown’s Town Community College in 1997; the Social Development Commission in 2004; Mason Hall Youth Club in 2004; and the All-Island Police Youth Athletic Meets in 2004.
At The University of the West Indies, she was a team member of the Mona Intercampus Games; the UWI Mona CUSA Games, and a Games Committee Chairperson at Rex Nettleford Hall.
Miss Hines was educated at Port Maria Primary School and St. Mary High School. She also matriculated at Brown’s Town Community College, the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE), and The University of the West Indies. And, she achieved subjects in JSC, CXC, GCE, a Diploma in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science; while her Masters Degree in Education is pending.
As an Educator, for 11 years, Miss Hines has worked as a Teacher at the Port Maria Primary School; and since 2008, she has been the Acting Sports Coordinator at the educational institution.
A dedicated community leader, she is currently a trainer for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC); and since 2000, has been a Library Assistant in the Summer Programme, at the St. Mary Parish Library. In addition, she contributes to the Social Work Committee, at Emmanuel Baptist Church; and also works as Secretary of the Port Maria Police Youth Club.
The mother of an 11-year-old daughter, Miss Hines is also the foster mother to a two-year-old girl; and has adopted a 14-year-old girl, who attends Brimmer Vale High school.
Avril Patrice Hines, it is with confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St. Mary have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence 2011.
Xavier Donahue Allen has demonstrated impressive and outstanding leadership qualities throughout his academic career and corporate life, having equipped himself to perform at the management level, based on his solid education and work experiences in the United States of America and in Jamaica.
In 2009, when he assumed responsibilities as Manager of the Port Maria Branch of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), the branch was challenged to meet its performance metrics and faced possible closure; however, he was resolute and was able to turn around the banking operation. Today, the branch is a leader in the NCB performance metrics system.
Mr. Allen honed his leadership skills early in life. During a sojourn in the USA ,he had the opportunity to work with several leading corporate entities, having served as Department Manager at the Home Depot in New Jersey, USA; the Supply Chain Management Specialist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; a Supply and Demand Analyst at the Panasonic Corporation, in Secaucus, New Jersey; and subsequently, as Sales Manager, of the National Commercial Bank, in St. Andrew, Jamaica.
Throughout his distinguished banking career, he has drawn on his positive interpersonal skills and analytical communication abilities to make decisions that impact on the business, employees and customers.
Born in the parish of St. Thomas, Xavier was educated at Belrock Basic School, Duckenfield Primary, and St. Thomas Technical High School. He subsequently matriculated at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, in the United States of America, where he attained the Bachelor of Science degree in May 2004; and the Master of Business Administration in May 2007.
Mr. Allen is currently Charter President of the St. Mary Rotary Club; a board member of the Moses Baker Baptist Basic School, the Trinity Primary School and the Port Maria Civic Centre. He also served as Vice-President and Entertainment Coordinator of the West Indian Students’ Association at Rutgers University.
He is also a member of the Moses Baker Baptist Basic School Board; a board member of Trinity Primary School; and a member of the Port Maria Civic Centre.
Xavier Donahue Allen, it is with pride with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor General’s Achievement Awards Committee of St. Thomas have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor General’s Award for 2011.
After school, Lynden pursued a successful career in accounting at the
Public Works Department and took correspondence courses from the London School
of Accounting. Migration to the
He has worked in various capacities in the Metro-Dade Community in
His civic involvement spans Jamaica and the United States of America and includes: member of the Planning Committee of the Summit of the Americas, Miami; President West Indies American Social Club, President Trelawny Lions Club, Region Chairman Lions International, Director Jamaica Cricket Association, Trelawny Criminal Justice Parish Board and Director William Knibb Baptist Church.
Lynden James’ love for school was matched by his love of cricket; and he dreamed to play the sport professionally. However, as a child, Lynden was not allowed to play cricket; but, he realised his dream to play cricket for one of the top clubs in Kingston. He is active in community service which began in his young adult days as a Sunday school teacher and youth counselor at Boys Town. He currently uses cricket to teach discipline, self-esteem and playing by the rules to youngsters.
Lynden James it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Trelawny have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for 2011.
Arnold Myers believes that the value of his donations and contributions to the needy, community groups and charity organisations should not be measured in financial terms; but, rather in terms of the comfort they gives to others, and the personal joy and pride which he feels is unqualified.
Mr. Myers was born in Whitehouse, Westmoreland. He received his education at the Kings Primary and Black River Secondary Schools before pursuing post-secondary courses in Auto Mechanic at Culloden Vocational Training Centre; Electrical Installation at Black River Training Centre and Baking Technology at the University of Technology.
He used his education and training to successfully establish and operate a business that has enabled him to make a meaningful contribution to his community. His philanthropic activities include breakfast feeding programmes at Kings Primary, New Hope Primary and Junior High, Petersfield All-Age and Belmont Academy. Each year the top GSAT students from Kings Primary and New Hope Primary and Junior High schools are provided with scholarships.
Mr. Myers also donates groceries to needy persons on a weekly basis and supports events organised by church and community groups. Persons needing assistance with medical expenses and students in need of text books and school uniforms have also been assisted by Mr. Myers.
He has been recognised by several institutions and organisations for his philanthropy including the Kiwanis Club of Westmoreland South, Kings Primary School and Sandals Whitehouse.
Arnold Myers, it is with pride and confidence that the members of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Committee of Westmoreland have selected you as a worthy recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for 2011.