sandra_grant_griffith_web.jpgDAVIE — Sandra Grant Griffiths, Jamaica’s consul general, is inviting nominations from Jamaicans in the Southern USA for the 2013 awards to be presented at the Jamaica Independence Gala & 2013 Honours, to be held at the Signature Grand in Davie on Saturday, Aug. 3.

In commemoration of the nation’s 51st anniversary, the consulate general in collaboration with the Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA), will host the Official Independence Gala which also will recognize nationals for service to their community and country.

“The consulate’s introduction of the official Jamaica Diaspora Honours Gala for our 2013 Independence Anniversary celebrations received an overwhelmingly  positive response  from our Diaspora,” the consul general said. “We have consistently reiterated the principle of collaborative partnerships in our outreach efforts and projects,  and remain deeply appreciative for the support  extended by the community and friends of Jamaica. 

“As we continue to  underscore unity of purpose we are especially thrilled and delighted  to join with JURA to present  this year’s celebratory Gala Awards Ceremony, United, The Journey Continues.

Officials said the award categories will include community-building,  philanthropy,  public service, entrepreneurship, youth leadership and  the cultural arts, and will again identify the outstanding contributions of contemporary  change-makers  and long-serving luminaries. The selection process will be guided by a Jamaica Diaspora Honours Selection Committee.

Nomination forms are currently available at the consulate’s website; or request by email:; or by phone at 305-374-8431. The deadline for submission of nominations is Thursday, July 11.