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ANSA McAL Foundation Chairman Andrew N Sabga left listens as The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean awards for excellence patron A Norman Sabga makes a point after the announcement of the 2021 Laureates in Arts & Letters, Entrepreneurship, Public & Civic Contributions and Science & Technology, at the ANSA Mc AL boardroom, Tatil Building, Maraval, yesterday. Looking on at right is ANSA McAL Foundation Regional eminent person selection panel member representing Sir Shirdath Ramphal Professor Compton Bourne and ANSA McAL Foundation’s programme director Maria Superville-Neilson.

Six people across the region have been recognized by the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence for their outstanding work in various fields.

The recipients which include nationals from here – Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and St Kitts and Nevis have championed causes that continue to inspire.

The award which took place virtually on Thursday comes at a time when recognition has become especially meaningful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the world continues to navigate the twists and turns of the challenges of the new normal, old customs seem to be a silver lining.

It is why the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is being hailed as a beacon of hope, especially by this year’s six recipients.

The programme has been the forerunner in honouring distinction in the fields of Arts & Letters, Science & Technology, and Public & Civic Contributions.

According to Programme Director Maria Superville-Nielson, the award which is in its 16th, year acknowledges the relentless pursuit of endeavours by nationals across the region.

“The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence programme which began in 2005 recognizes individuals between the ages of 35 and 55 who have a track record of superior work and whose efforts have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and a pioneering ability.”

This year’s laureates are photographer Maria Nunes, Veterinary scientist, Dr Ayanna Phillips Savage both from T&T.

Pianist Sean Sutherland of St Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as pharmaceutical entrepreneur Dr Guna Murri, Professor Rupika Delgoda, and social activist Dr Floyd Morris all of Jamaica, made the list.

They will now be able to advance their professional development with the award of 500,000 TT dollars.

Maria Superville-Nielson said there has been no cutting of costs in rewarding quality service to the Caribbean.

“Our college of laureates continues to grow and with these additions we now have 49, the additional six laureates will bring the prize money awarded thus far to 21.5 million dollars.”

Member of the eminent person panel, Professor Compton Bourne said the quality of nominees reflects the region’s bright future.

“This attests, not only the persons nominated, but the quality and effort put in by the country nominating committees out.”

This year’s award ceremony was conducted virtually scaling down from previous gala celebrations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.