23 women among those conferred with National awards

President Granger committed to the annual conferral of the awards


By Shaquille Bourne

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, May 25, 2019

Last evening, Friday, May 24, His Excellency President David Granger bestowed national awards under the Orders of Guyana to seventy-seven outstanding persons, for their contribution to Guyana’s development.

Shameza Baksh headed the list of those conferred with the Medal of Service and was the first person awarded on Friday evening at the National Cultural Centre. Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Shameza said, “it’s always an honor when people recognise the things that you’re doing and you feel good about it. So, it’s an honour for me to receive this award today”. Shameza was recognised for her works as educator.  She has taught both children and adults in areas of Islamic studies. The awardee’s work has benefited people from Bartica and Berbice.

Meanwhile, one of the youngest awardees, Leon Johnson, copped the Golden Arrow of Achievement for his remarkable performance as a cricketer. Leon’s career in cricket began in 2004. At 16 years of age, the cricketer made his debut representing Guyana and this year marks 15 years of his involvement in the sport.

“It’s great to be recognised at such a young age … I hope it is an inspiration not only for young sportsmen, but young professionals in general,” the cricketer said.

Also conferred with the Golden Arrow of Achievement was Toshao Nicholas Fredericks of Shulinab, Region 9. The Toshao was recognised for his works in community development, specifically in the field of natural resources management, land-use planning and advancement of Indigenous peoples’ advocacy. In an invited comment, Toshao Fredericks told the DPI, “I look forward to using this opportunity to continue to advance and to continue my work in a more honoured manner.”

Medal of Service awardee, Shameza Baksh

Meanwhile, O’Donna Allsopp was posthumously presented with the insignia of the Golden Arrow of Achievement. O’Donna was a trailblazer at the Government Technical Institute (GTI); the first female lecturer at GTI in architectural drawing. The now deceased awardee was also one of the founders of the Guyana Women Artists’ Association. Receiving the award on her behalf was her daughter Susan Allsopp who said, “I feel very proud. She never sought anything, any kind of recognition, but I think it was well deserved. I feel proud to know that she was recognised in this way.”

During closing remarks, President Granger committed to bestowing National Awards to those deserving of them, noting, “National awards have been restored to their proper place of prominence in our nation’s order of business. They have been conferred annually since 2015, and they will continue to be in years to come”.

Also present at the Investiture 2019 ceremony was Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards who issued a charge to the awardees. “As you receive the symbols, the insignias of investiture, may you rededicate your energies towards the health, happiness and prosperity of Guyana”, said the acting Chancellor.

Of the 77 distinguished persons that represent a diverse field of people that are dedicated to service, 23 were women and 54 were men.


List of 2019 National awardees:

Cacique’s Crown of Honour

High Commissioner Frederick Hamley Case

Charles John Ethelwood Fung-A-Fatt, S.C

Ambassador David Thomas Allan Hales

Ambassador Sheik Riyad David Insanally

Ambassador Abdool Halim Majeed

Monsignor Terrence Montrose


Golden Arrow of Achievement

Vincent Luther Alexander

O’Donna Frances Allsopp

Lorene Evadney Pamela Baird

Ruth Benjamin-Huntley

Calvin Benn

Leslie Thomas Black

William Andrew Boyle

Negla Helena Brandis

Paul Andrew Carto

Rudolph Othneil Cummings

Phillip Nessie Bryan Da Silva

Patrick Reginald Anthony Farnum

Egbert Harold Field

Nicholas Fredericks

Malcolm Jacob Jawaharlal Harripaul

Vincent Patrick Henry

Dickson Augustus Hooper

Leon Rayon Johnson

Kalam Azad Juman-Yassin

Patrice Desireé Ann La Fleur

Carl Chetwyn Lashley

Derrick Fitzpatrick Lawrence

Lawrence Hilary London

Julia Anne Mansell

Suresh Narine

Christopher Anthony Nascimento

Lurlene Anita Nestor

Maxine Patricia Parris-Aaron

Rajendra Persaud

Eric McLauren Phillips

Sandra Kumarie Shivdat

Professor Gomathinayagam Subramanian

Morris Wilson

Geneveive Whyte-Nedd

Garfield Ian Colin Wiltshire

William Henry Woolford

Medal of Service

Shameza Baksh

Tarramattie Persaud Barker

Roxanne Marilyn Barratt

Rosemary Nicola Benjamin-Noble

Donna Annastatia Bowman

John Randolph Massiah Critchlow

Jean Marionetta Dorsett

Hilbert Gardiner Foster

Gloria Dawn Garraway

Lawrence Llewlyn Griffith

Soyinka Ameygo Grogan

Claudette Anne Patricia Heyliger-Thomas

Suresh Jagmohan

Parmeshwar Jagmohan

Ian Jardine

Bibi Fazeela Khan

Nizam Kassim

Gordon Hubert Kingston

Kumar Lalbachan

Peter George Lewis

Nazrudeen Mohamed

Terrence Anthony Poole

Leslie Chrispen Ramalho

Harripersaud Ramsewack

Petal Elizabeth Ridley

Gail Patricia Robinson

Ramkarran Roopchan

James Rotry Sampson

Komal Singh

Zohora Singh

Fitzroy Egerton Younge


Military Service Medal

Lieutenant Colonel Courtney Arthur Byrne


Disciplined Services Medal

Deputy Commissioner Lyndon Lancelot Alves

Assistant Commissioner Paul Handel Anthony Langevine

Divisional Officer Compton Anthony Sparman



Images: Marceano Narine