May 12, 2016 News
Three outstanding women honoured for their role in bauxite industry
By Enid Joaquin
Mothers in Linden were on Sunday evening serenaded by some of the community’s best talented vocalists including the veteran Winston Caesar, Diana Chapman, Malika Boyd, Kevon Lorrimer, Andella Alexander, Sandra Ramsey, Shellon Gallay, Clayton Smyrna and Kemmianna Garnett.
Other performers included Ryan Hoppie, Randolph and Wanaka Arrindel, Pastor Richard McDonald and Calvin Burnett.
It was the eleventh annual Mother’s Day show hosted by Eusi and Darti, to grace the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground.
One of the highlights of the evening was an electrifying performance by Diana Chapman who serenaded the oldest mother in the early segment of the event. Winston Ceasar and Calvin Burnett battled for vocal supremacy. In the process, they provided awesome entertainment for hungry patrons.
Adding to the excitement was renowned comedian Kurt Jardine (Chow Pow) who performed the duties as Master of Ceremonies.
Patrons certainly got their money’s worth, and quite a few insisted that waiting until next year for such quality entertainment is too long.
“We need things like these to happen more often; we need quality entertainment and that is what we got (Sunday night),” one patron quipped. Many others agreed.
Punctuating the entertainment aspect of the evening was the presentation of prizes to the oldest and youngest mothers, and the honoring of three outstanding mothers in the community. These mothers are all employed in the bauxite industry, in nontraditional jobs.
The women, Dianne Moore, Sue Rogers and Lorraine Inniss, received tokens and gifts compliments of a few Linden businesses.
Dianne Moore started her working career as an apprentice with the Guyana Bauxite Company (GUYBAU) in 1976 and graduated in 1981 in the mechanical field. Starting out in the automotive, electrical and mechanical trades, Moore later settled for millwrighting upon completion of her apprenticeship.
Upon joining the bauxite Plant Division she said, that she had to get tough to be among the men working there.
At the time there were no women outside the offices; only strong men ventured into certain areas in the Bauxite Plant in the 1980s, according to Moore.
Proving her competency in carrying out the heavy work within the bauxite plant, Moore became a work planner. By the time Linmine closed operations, she was appointed Chief Planner in the plant in 2003.
After OMAI Bauxite took over the Linden operations she was subsequently promoted to Foreman in the Machine Shop and still holds that position today, after serving in the bauxite industry for forty-plus years.
Moore said that being a woman who has worked for so long among men, it is difficult to find her-self working with women. She is the proud mother of one.
SUE ROGERS a mother of six began working in a male dominated trade in 1989 after she was selected for a training programme to become an electrician.
She subsequently gained employment in the rewinding section of the Electrical Shop. In 2003 she was retrenched from Linmine, but regained employment when OMAI took over the bauxite industry in 2004. She is still presently employed with the bauxite industry.
Her main task has been rewinding and testing starters.
Rogers acknowledged that this proved a great challenge and threat, as the means of testing left much to be desired with 440 Volts always being a concern should things go wrong
LORRAINE INNISS was a Guymine apprentice between the years 1980 and 1985. At the end of her apprenticeship stint, she commenced her work life as a welder with the bauxite industry in 1985.
She worked in the Mines Division mostly among men, and therefore had to prove that she was as competent as them when it came to getting the job done.
In late 2000, she switched for a temporary job, and worked as a volunteer Lecturer at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI).
She was later accepted as Lecturer at the same institution in 2001.
Inniss described her early days as a welder as very challenging. She said that she was called all sorts of names, including ‘tom boy’. She is a keen sportswoman and has excelled at throwing the discus and shot putt, and enjoys swimming.
This lecturer said that in her quest to be a good mother, her children, Auduel, Latoya and Carryl had to learn fast by themselves, as she was out working and not having the regular time for them.
The curtain to the night’s proceedings came down early Monday morning, with explosive performances by veteran vocalist Winston Caesar and Calvin Burnett whose mission it was, to trounce the older singer. Did he succeed? Most don’t believe so! However their lively exchanges, which took the form of a lyrical and vocal debate, ensured patrons remained glued to their seats!
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