Wayne Curtis Golding Sr has been awarded the 2019 Governor General’s Diaspora Achievement Award (United States).
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presented the award during the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held at Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on July 17.
Golding moved to New York to pursue studies in law after graduating from Kingston College in 1981.
Never forgetting his roots, he spearheaded community projects to assist newly-arrived Jamaicans to adjust to life in New York, where he resided for a period after migrating in 1981. He, for example, provided information and assistance on scholarships, financial aid, housing, jobs and social activities.
Golding, in 1988, relocated from New York to central Florida with his family.
During the next years, he completed his (JD) law degree, established his litigation law firm, and immersed himself in the Jamaican community.
Golding has led and participated in many lobby efforts in Washington DC and the White House to expose the positive contributions of Jamaica and Jamaicans, while also advocating reforms on issues that negatively affect the Jamaican diaspora.
He, over the last 17 years, provided extensive pro bono legal work for the Jamaican Consulate in Miami, the Jamaican Embassy in Washington DC, the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Golding also organized town hall meetings, outreach programmes and training to inform Jamaicans about US citizenship, voting, laws and immigration policies.
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