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El Dorado Awards Honors Advocates,

Activists and Affirmation Agents

The Third Annual El Dorado Awards for affirmation agents, will be held on November 18 at the Park Vue Hotel Far, EBD, Guyana, from 6PM. Organized by The Caribbean Voice and supported by Save Abee Foundation, the awards also build connections with the business and professional community and fosters collaboration and a concerted approach to tackling issues such as suicide, abuse, sex crimes, alcoholism and drug abuse.

The Annual El Dorado Awards, has, so far, honored 34 social activists and change agents – individuals and organizations - with another 16 to be honored this year. The 2017 honorees comprise:

➢ Sam Hinds – former Prime Minister

➢ Supriya Bodden – founder of Guyana Foundation

➢ Ganesh Singh  - disability rights activist

➢ Magda Fiona Wills - women’s empowerment activist

➢ Clifford Reis -  Chairman/Managing Director, Banks DIH

➢ Step By Step Guyana  - NGO that runs a school for autism children

➢ GEPAN - NGO working to empower vulnerable populations in rural communities, including

   Amerindian/Hinterland.

➢ George Simon - internationally acclaimed artist and social activist

➢ The Guyana Relief Council

➢ Devanand Ramdat. – Chairman, Region Two

➢ Sol Guyana – business

➢ A. Ally & Sons  - New Amsterdam based business

➢ Youth Action Network – youth NGO focused on rights empowerment and advocacy

➢ Ashraf Dabie – Youth Ambassadors Guyana 2015

➢ As usual also there are two honorees in the Dr. Faith Harding/Lionel Peters Category, a category that honors these two outstanding Guyanese activists.

The reality is that there is a plethora of individuals and organizations, local Guyanese and Diaspora, engaged in making a difference and qualitatively impacting the lives of Guyanese, especially the powerless and disadvantaged, while tackling the social issues that negatively affect lives. The El Dorado Awards provides a space to recognize the efforts of those so involved so that they can connect with each other and establish dialogue that would enhance the collaborative approach within a national framework.

This year the format has been changed from a reception to a dinner.  Added to the program is a short, interactive panel discussion on the theme ‘Volunteerism on Guyana’s Social Landscape’. The awards presentation and cultural segment remain but will be followed by networking and dancing to tunes spun by WR Reaz and Team MMR. Reaz will also be the emcee for the event. Performers include Celia Samaroo, Haresh Singh, Roger "Young Bill Rogers" Hinds, The Naach Ghaana Dancers, 2017 Chutney Queen, Vanita Willie and Avinash Roopchan, all of them volubteering their services.

A limited number of tickets are being sold at G$5,000 each. For tickets and/or further information please email caribvoice@aol.com or hussainnazim18@yahoo.com; call 644 1152, 646 4669 (Guyana) or 718-542-4454 (North America).

 

Awards Rationale

 • To build connections between the business and professional community on the one hand and activists and advocates on the social landscape on the other hand with the hope that ongoing partnerships can be established to harness social responsibility and enhance social activism.

 • To help foster unity across various existing divides and emphasize the concept of Guyanese first and foremost.

 • To recognize and honor those who give of their time and efforts and go beyond the scope of their jobs and professions to lend a helping hand and/or work to make society better.

AWARDS CATEGORIES:

Pakarimas Awards: Lifetime accomplishment characterized by activism and/or advocacy or charity and giving back in a significant manner.

Kykoveral Awards: Accomplished public service record characterized by activism and/or advocacy or charity and giving back in a significant manner.

Canje Pheasant Awards: Achievement in the private sector characterized by activism and/or advocacy or charity and giving back in a significant manner.

Victoria Regia Awards: A life characterized by a unique focus on humanitarianism and or protection advocacy/activism.

Maticore Queh Queh Awards: Achievement in any aspect of culture characterized by activism and/or advocacy or charity and giving back in a significant manner.

Umana Yana Awards: Significant contribution towards community building.

Greenheart Awards: Business achievement characterized by activism and/or advocacy or charity and giving back in a significant manner.

Arapaima Awards: Youth achievement characterized by activism and/or advocacy or charity and giving back in a significant manner.

Dr. Faith Harding/Lionel Peters Awards: Special recognition or appreciation given by The Caribbean Voice.

 

The Caribbean Voice Launches Awards to Honor Advocates, Activists and Affirmation Agents

In keeping with its perspective that ‘Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business,’ The Caribbean Voice, in 2015, launched The El Dorado Awards, aimed at honoring advocates, activists and affirmation agents on the social landscape, building connections between these individuals and organizations on the one hand and the business and professional community on the other and fostering collaboration and a concerted approach to tackling issues such as suicide, abuse, sex crimes, alcoholism and drug abuse.

The reality is that there is a plethora of individuals and organizations, local Guyanese and Diaspora, engaged in making a difference and qualitatively impact the lives of Guyanese, especially the powerless and disadvantaged, while tackling the social issues that negatively affect lives. Supported by Cara Hotel and Suri Manufacturing, The El Dorado Awards provides a space to recognize the efforts of those so involved so that they can connect with each other and begin a conversation that would enhance the collaborative approach within a national framework.

The awards event comprises a cocktail reception, a cultural interlude and the presentation of awards. Honorees comprise individuals and organizations drawn from throughout Guyana and the Diaspora, honored for activism, advocacy and affirmation efforts in the following categories:

• Lifetime - Pakarimas Award

• Public Service - Kykoveral Award

• Private Sector - Canje Pheasant Award

• Humanitarism ( - Victorial Regia Award

• Culture - Maticore/Queh Queh Award

• Community Building - Umana Yana Award

• Business - Greenheart Award and

• Youth - Arapima Award

In effect the awards categories are named after Guyanese symbols, landmarks and icons so as to give the event a distinct Guyanese flavor.

The First Annual El Dorado Awards, held at Cara Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, on Saturday August 22 from 3pm to 7pm, comprised a cocktail reception, a cultural interlude and presentation of awards. It was supported by Sueria Manufacturing, Team MMR, Galaxy 21 Communications, Cara Lodge, Mrs. Raheema Rahaman and Gafoor & Sons. Performing artistes included Charmaine Blackman, Roger Hinds, King Perai, Prince JP...

The Second Annual El Dorado Awards was held on December 29, 2016 at the Marriot Hotel in Georgetown. The format was similar to the first awards and this event was supported by Save Abee Foundation and Sham Tilak as well as Team MMR and Galaxy Communications.

The Third Annual El Dorado Awards is scheduled for November 18, 2017 at the Park Vue Hotel. The reception will be replaced by a dinner and a panel discussion has been added along with an after party networking and dance featuring the the sounds of Team MMR.  This event is also supported by Save Abee Foundation, Sham Tilak, Galaxy Communication and Team MMR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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