Two prominent community leaders were recognized during the 50th Independence Anniversary flag raising ceremony on Thursday evening. The two are Sports Enthusiast and Businessman Roger Hinds and Medex Lisa Augustus.
They were recognized by a Regional NGO dubbed OECS Media Network on Health and the ceremony was witnessed by a number of key officials both from the Public and Private Sectors. Among those in attendance were Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, Member of Parliament for Region 8, Ms. Rajcoomaria Bancroft, Regional Executive Officer Rafel Downes, Regional Chairman of Region 8, Bonaventure Fredericks, Deputy Regional Executive Officer Gavin Gounga and RDC Councillors.
Hinds who has been operating a number of business ventures including a hotel and supermarket said that he was thrilled and elated by the recognition. He noted that he is very humble noting that he remains motivated and steadfast to continue. He stressed that giving back to the community that he lives in is critically important not only for him as an individual but also for the continued growth of his business. “I have been giving and will continue to give as I have seen the many benefits of giving back to the community. I have always maintained that giving back to the community is of great importance,” he said.
Hinds who has significantly sponsored a number of sports and cultural related events and activities, stressed that through giving, it will further boost his community. He declared that Region 8 has a number of talented sports men and women. This, he noted will provide the right opportunity for them to showcase and expand their skills and talent. “While many people believe that we have no talent here, they are wrong as there is an abundance of raw talent that exists in the Region, we just need the right exposure,” he reiterated.
He gave the assurance that he will continue to sponsor a number of sporting activities stressing that he intends to do something in cycling thus providing an avenue for students coming from the far flung communities in getting to and from school. It was disclosed that Hinds who ironically is 50 years old first got into business at the tender age of 14 years old. He has since explored in a number of business areas in and around Guyana.
Hinds stressed that his deep interest in sports will remain noting that he remains committed to boosting the Region’s sports tourism drive through a number of initiatives that he will be promoting. He thanked the people within the Region for supporting his many businesses stressing that it’s because of their loyal and diligent support that has resulted in him being able to give back to the community. “If it were not for the faithful support of the people then it would not have been impossible to give back,” he said.
Meanwhile, Medex Lisa Augustus’ recognition came in the area of health care development. It was revealed that she first began working as a Community Health Worker in 1998 after which she rose through the ranks now heading the Maternal & Child Health Department in Region 8. The mother of two who hails from Kopinang has been dubbed as a woman of compassion for the enormous and significant work that she has been doing in the Region. She noted that working beyond the call of duty in helping residents of her community is critically important to her. She pointed out that she felt honoured by the recognition adding that she feels proud that her efforts and contributions have not gone unnoticed.
“Being recognized is a very special feeling as it tells you that someone is very satisfied with the service and contributions that you have made. I am very thankful and grateful that my contributions to the Region of my birth and one that I have worked in for a number of years has recognized that I am doing something positively,” Medex Augustus said. She pointed out that health care development has improved significantly and congratulated the REO, Rafel Downes and his team for the enormous work being done in continuing to lift health care within the region.
Wife of Minister Bulkan, Minister of Communities presented the award to Hinds while the Regional Chairman presented the award to Medex Augustus. REO Downes in congratulating the two recipients stressed that he is happy that they are being recognized for their contributions. He thanked the NGO for coming to the fore with the awards noting that it has provided the Region with yet another opportunity to partner with interest groups in further developing the region.
The REO urged the recipients to use the awards as an avenue to motivate themselves in continuing the work in their respective fields adding that their contributions will help in continuing the holistic growth and development of the Region.
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