Guyanese Girl

12 Mar: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

Today is Girl Scout Day! On this day in 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled a group of eighteen girls from Savannah, Georgia for the first ever Girl Scout meeting. Low believed that all girls should have the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. She organized service projects, outdoor adventures, and enrichment programs to get girls out of the house and into the community. Today, over 3.2 million girls and adults are active Girl…

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09 Mar: It’s Guyana, Not Ghana!

Too often people mistake Guyana for Ghana.  During  a recent trip to Florida, I was having a conversation with a colleague about the Mashramani celebrations in Guyana and she said to me “that’s in Africa right?”  I’ve also been asked quite a few times “what other language do you speak in Guyana?  That’s why I decided to put together this synopsis  to enlighten some folks on the difference between “Guyana” in South America and the African nation…

09 Mar: What we’re cooking this weekend: Peanut Shrimp

This easy-to-prepare dish you can enjoy in a matter of minutes as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating! Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 medium garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 lb medium size shrimp, peeled and de-veined 2 TBS + 1 TBS fresh lemon juice Sea salt and pepper to taste 3 TBS low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup of your favorite peanut sauce    …

07 Mar: She Rocks! Meet Melissa Enmore: Co-Founder of The Backpack Project

A Guyanese native, Melissa was born and raised in Georgetown where she had the privilege of attending St. Gabriel’s Primary School and Queen’s College. After immigrating to Toronto in 1997, Melissa attended the Downsview Secondary School and subsequently the University of Toronto, where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She currently works as a Research Coordinator at Women’s College Research Institute’s Familial Breast Cancer Unit and is pursuing a Master of…

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07 Mar: She Rocks! Meet Michelle Kandasammy, Director/Co-Founder – The Backpack Project

Meet Michelle Kandasammy, Co-Founder  of  The Backpack Project, a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting health and education among Caribbean students between the ages of 5 to 18. This project, which was started in December 2008, assists students of impoverished families to pursue their educational goals. A born and bred Guyanese who wears Guyana’s flag and rich heritage proudly, Michelle attended two of the best schools in the country, Stella Maris Primary School and Queen’s College….

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05 Mar: Spotlight on Academics: Research Student Dara Bobb-Semple

Future Scientist, Stony Brook University Class of 2013 Majors: Chemistry; Chemical & Molecular Engineering UNCF-Merck Science Initiative 2012 Award Recipient Dara Bobb-Semple has many accomplishments at Stony Brook – from twice being recognized for achieving a 4.0 GPA, to receiving the MARC award in fall 2011, to being elected to Tau Beta Pi Honor Society (December 2011), to recently being named a recipient of a national award, the 2012 UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Fellowship! But…

04 Mar: Dr. Deborah Persaud: Guyanese Scientist involved in Groundbreaking HIV Cure Case

Guyanese Born Scientist, Dr. Deborah Persaud, who migrated when she was just 16 years old is leading the way with a breakthrough in HIV Treatment. Dr. Persaud who is attached to the John Hopkin’s Children Centre in the US led the investigation that determined that a baby born with HIV had been cured. Read the story below as reported by CBS News. “A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the…

04 Mar: PHENOMENAL WOMAN – By Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to…

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01 Mar: She Rocks! Meet Melissa Phillips – Miss Metropolitan New York 2013

  Melissa Phillips is making her mark in the pageant world, and New York City as she works towards her life goals. Born to both a Guyanese mother and father in Brooklyn, NY the conditions of her environment shaped her perspective on the past and future. Understanding family traditions of honest work, principles of education and the necessity to remember humble beginnings, she worked to succeed in life. She attended St. Augustine’s Episcopal school, and…