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Kenton Kirby for Guyana’s award

Caribbean Life’s own Kenton K. Kirby, editor in chief, will be honored during a ceremony to commemorate Guyana’s 47th Independence Anniversary, set to take place on Friday, June 21, in the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Patricia Jordan Langford, president of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, will present Kirby, a Vincentian-American, whose exceptional contribution in the field of journalism is duly noted in the pages of the Caribbean Life, where he has served for more than 20 years – with a special Independence Award.

The former chief reporter of the Vincentian, the major newspaper in his homeland, and correspondent for the Caribbean News Agency, UPI, Radio Barbados and Radio Antilles, will also receive a Proclamation for his commitment to excellence and dedication to highlighting the contribution of expatriates in the community.

A former public information specialist who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, and Master’s Degree in Journalism from the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin, has received numerous accolades from organizations in the Diaspora. He is hailed as one of the most generous professionals in the business.

The ceremony that is being held under the patronage of the Hon. Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough president, and the Hon. Dr. Mathieu Eugene, councilmember, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Guyana and the Permanent Mission to the United States, will also honor Sandra Chapman, deputy borough president, Romesh D. Kallicharan, Holly Persaud, Beverley Drakes, Muriel Glasgow, Henry D. Muttoo, Glen Khan, Allison Skette, Rozanna Beaumont and James McCallister, New York Daily News editor. The awardees will be presented with the “Golden Arrowhead Award of Distinction.”

The ceremony will be followed by a “Taste of Guyana” reception, a fashion show presented by Guyanese designers Roger Gary, Michelle Cole and Sonia Noel, and a multi-cultural show.

Updated 6:47 pm, June 12, 2013:
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