Stephen Campbell honoured for outstanding contribution to Guyana

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Stephen Campbell is among 18 indigenous men and women from across Guyana who were honoured for their contributions to the development of Guyana. The event took place at Umana Yana on Monday evening where the life and works of Stephen Campbell was being celebrated.

Those honoured would have served in their field of work for over 25 years. They include six women and twelve men namely – Rita Robeiro, Ignatius Adams, Retired Captain John Flores, Jean La Rose, Lascels Pearson, Ramona Bennett, Winslow Craig, Charles Holmes, Ovid Williams, Clara Boston, Natasha Poone, Leonard Frederick, Kenco Yaimo, Julie Willie, Roy Edwin, Valentine Jose,  Elizabeth Abraham and Joseph Abraham. .

Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Sydney Allicock, (Second left) with Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe along with the 18 persons who were honored.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Sydney Allicock, (Second left) with Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe along with the 18 persons who were honored.

According to a GINA report, the honourees received a pin in the shape of the map of Guyana which also had nine feathers to represent our nine indigenous tribes. They also received a plaque.

Stephen Campbell (deceased), was remembered for his fight for Guyana’s independence and more importantly his fight for the rights of Indigenous people. He was Guyana’s first indigenous Member of Parliament.

Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock, speaking at the ceremony said that Stephen Campbell lived up to what it is meant to be indigenous. The Minister noted that indigenous people are not keen on celebrating and remembering their indigenous heroes. He said this must change. “This is something we must correct. In honouring our heroes we help the world to better understand us and what we represent,” Allicock explained.

 

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