A TRIBUTE TO DAME OLGA LOPES-SEALE

DAME OLGA LOPES-SEALE-   A TRIBUTE

 

The Guyanese Association of Barbados Inc. (GABI) is deeply saddened on hearing the news of the passing of Dame Olga Lopes-Seale.

Affectionately known as “Auntie Olga”, Dame Olga was born in Guyana on December 26th, 1918.  From her early teens she demonstrated a love for singing and playing the mandolin.

Her career as a radio broadcaster began in 1952 in Guyana at the then radio station Radio Demerara. It was here that her friendly voice could be heard on programmes such as “Yours Truly Olga” and as coordinator of many children’s talent shows. In 1953 she started the Radio Demerara Needy Children’s Fund. It was extremely successful and her humanitarian efforts were recognized in 1961 when she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her humanitarian work.

In1963 she moved to Barbados with her Barbadian husband and continued her broadcasting career working at the Barbados Rediffusion Services Limited now known as Starcom Network. She also continued to champion the cause of those in need and started the Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund. In 2005 in recognition of her charitable work she was made a Dame of St. Andrew by the Government of Barbados.

The Guyanese Association of Barbados Inc made Dame Olga the first honorary member of the association. She attended meetings when she could and supported many of the associations’ fund raising ventures.  She was proud of her Guyanese heritage and equally proud of Barbados, her home for over 40 years. The citizens of Guyana and Barbados have benefitted from the generosity of a kind, compassionate and unselfish person.

The Guyanese Association of Barbados Inc extends deepest condolences to the family of Dame Olga Lopes Seale.  May she rest in peace.

 

 

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She was a brilliant woman...I could remember when people pronounced words incorrectly she would call the radio station and correct them instantly. Also she was a fun-loving granny.

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