The singing of the National Anthem signaled the arrival of Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade – Governor General, at 6pm on Monday November 10th 2014 at the Coyaba Beach Resort conference hall.

The hall was filled to capacity and invited guests and awardees took their place for the evening’s event. Master of Ceremony – Cecil Edwards then took over the proceedings for the rest of the evening.

The two main features of the event were the presentation of the awards by Ms. Lisa Taylor with citations delivered by Gloria Payne-Banfield assisted by Annette Murray, and the other was the feature address by Her Excellency.

The awardees were divided into two categories, namely the PLAQUE Awardees for the restoration of an historic building and the HONOUR ROLL Awardees for outstanding individuals or institutions in other areas of endeavour.

The 2014, 5th Patrimonial awardees in the PLAQUE category were:

  • The Catholic Church for the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Priory House, the property of Mr. & Mrs. Petro Banas on Church Street
  • Demerara Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd. H.Q at Melville and Granby Streets.
  • Restoration of the Evangelistic Centre Annex at Market Hill
  • Restoration of Alister Clouden Business Premises on Hillsborough Street.

The 2014, 5th Patrimonial awardees in the HONOUR ROLL category were:

  • Leslie Pierre for an outstanding media career, his involvement in the Scout Movement and as a private member of the International Whaling Commission, together with community service spanning over three decades.
  • Arnold Cruickshank for his outstanding contribution to Agriculture nationally, regionally and internationally.
  • George Grant for his outstanding contribution through the electronic media, by bringing to the fore in his weekly radio programme issues of GOVERNANCE and matters of critical public concern, thus making a significant contribution to nation building.
  • The Tivoli Drummers, in keeping alive the tradition of our African forefathers and the enrichment of our cultural heritage.

The feature address given by Her Excellency, had as its theme: SERVICE TO NATION, which would be presented in another issue of the Sentinel

Congratulatory remarks were made by invitees on the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, who wished the organization continued success in its efforts to educate, protect and, preserve, for the enhancement of our built and natural heritage.

Finally, the Foundation made a plea to the Hon. Brenda Hood – Minister for Culture and Heritage, who was in attendance, to endeavour in 2015 to influence her government in restoring the Governor General’s residence and York House and the repairs to our Public Library building, with the help of the Foundation if requested.