Voting Open for the Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards

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PHOTO: DONALD DE LA HAYE Former Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Professor Neville Ying (right), is applauded after being presented with the inaugural Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Excellence Award, during the opening ceremony for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 16). Pictured (from left), are Conference Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GraceKennedy Limited, Senator Don Wehby; CEO, Jamaica National Group, Earl Jarrett; and Group President and CEO, Victoria Mutual Group, Courtney Campbell.

Voting is now open for the Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards (JDAFCA), which is the first global and virtual Jamaica Diaspora peer award with completely open and online nominations and voting.

Hundreds of nominations were submitted in February and March. The final Nominees have submitted the evidence of their service, and voting is open to the public. Nominees with the most votes by sector will be awarded Jamaica Diaspora Champions. All final nominees will receive an honorable mention.

JDAFCA was launched in 2017 at the 7th Biennial Diaspora Conference and was created to recognize individuals, organizations, and friends in the Diaspora who make exceptional contributions to the development of Jamaica.

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JDAFCA seeks to honor hardworking volunteers, the unsung heroes, who give freely in service to the growth of Jamaica’s culture, economy, people, and communities.

Voting opened Sunday, May 16th, and will close on Sunday, May 30, 2021. The winning Champions will be recognized at the JDAFCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 13th, and announced on Diaspora Day, June 16, 2021.

To vote, go to For more information visit, or email [email protected]



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