The Guyana Independence Committee, under the stewardship of the Honorary Consul General, Danny Doobay, launched the Guyana Awards Program in 2000 as part of the Guyana Independence commemorations. The Awards is the premiere event of a month-long celebration of Guyanese Heritage spanning five provinces across Canada.
The Awards program recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in the Guyanese Canadian community towards the achievement of excellence, promotion and development of Guyana, and the prolongation of Guyanese Heritage and Culture in Canada.
In introducing the Awards Program, Consul General Doobay said,
"The Guyana Awards program makes a collective statement
about Guyanese, and promotes our people and community with a
positive, powerful and potent message. We are a successful
people! We have a duty to provide a new generation of
Canadian children of Guyanese Heritage with positive role
model. Our children must feel assured that their culture and
country of origin are imbued with world-class talents. Our
Children must feel confident that their heritage positions
them for success."
The Guyana Awards also seek to encourage Guyanese-Canadians to emulate best practices in the areas of leadership, innovation, dedication to community, and commitment to Guyanese heritage. Ultimately, the Guyana Awards contribute to community development, social cohesion, integration, and overall human development in Canada and Guyana.
The Award recipients are selected by an independent panel of Judges from amongst nominations submitted by the Guyanese-Canadian Community. Among the guiding criteria for selection are a strong moral character, leadership, and community-building efforts.