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National Trust honors those who persevered to preserve – 24th Dec 2012

The National Trust of Guyana has honoured those who served to raise awareness of the national heritage and to maintain the country’s architectural heritage. The Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday at the National Trust of Guyana’s 40th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Cara Lodge Hotel, Quamina Street, Georgetown. The Trust hosted this initiative for the first time in acknowledgement of those persons or groups that have given their time and resources, contributing to its 40 years of success, and as well to the restoration and preservation of heritage in Guyana.

President Donald Ramotar speaking at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner said that the quality of Guyanese life should not only be counted by the country’s per-capita income, but by the country’s appreciation and preservation of its history. President Ramotar said that this preservation is crucial to fostering a common consciousness and identity.

Those honoured for their sterling contribution to the heritage sector, and for performing as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Trust at some point were the late Dr. Dennis Williams (Posthumously,) Current National Trust Chair, Lennox J. Hernandez, and former Chairpersons Mrs. Christobel Hughes and Dr. James Rose.

Former Director General of the Guyana Commission for UNESCO, Mrs. Carmen Jarvis was recognized for her work in the sector particularly for engaging UNESCO to have Guyana designated as part of the World Heritage Programme.

Awarded for the preservation of Guyana’s wooden building was the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, for its restoration of the historic Ambassador’s residence, the Anglican Diocese for its restoration of the Austin House and the residence of the Bishop, the Providence Mandir Committee for its maintenance of the Mandir on the East Bank of Demerara. The Cara Hotels and the Roraima Group of Companies were given awards for their restoration of their Hotel Buildings. The New Building Society for its rehabilitation of the Non Aligned Monument and architect Albert Rodriques and the Rodrigues Firm of Architects for their work in the restoration and preservation of Guyana architectural heritage.

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