Professor Henry FraserArchitecural Historian / Heritage Consultant
Chairman, Sentinel Committee, Barbados National Trust
Writer, TV Presenter, National Orator & Motivational Speaker
Professor Emertius, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.
Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

 



DAME OF ST. ANDREW

For extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to Barbados and humanity at large.

DAME OLGA LOPES-SEALE was born in Guyana, land of our closest Caribbean cousins, and educated in Georgetown. She was born on Boxing Day, and the spirit of Christmas - the love and Charity of Christ – has been her life long guiding star.

When broadcasting began in British Guiana, she played the mandolin and she sang! She joined Radio Demerara as producer and presenter of popular programmes – Classical, Children’s and Inspirational.

Her legendary charity work began by chance. She heard about five poor little boys who needed clothes at Christmas, and sought help on her programmes. The response was beyond her wildest dreams, and in no time her Christmas effort snow balled, into the Needy Children’s Fund, sustaining 1500 children every year.

In 1937 she met a Bajan, Dick Seale, and they married. In 1963 they moved to Barbados with their children Marcia and John. Here she joined Rediffusion, beginning her famous Children’s Programme, and hence her sobriquet “Auntie Olga”. She resumed her charity work, founding the Rediffusion Needy Children’s Fund, and fame followed as an angel of mercy.

She became the most loved personality on radio. From 1964 until now, she looks after 200 needy children, with food vouchers, uniforms, books and shoes.

But in keeping with her credo ‘from womb to tomb’, Auntie Olga has also helped many senior citizens, raising large sums for the Soroptomists Village. And as a doyen of the media, she spots top talent. She loved, played and promoted Roland Edwards’ magnificent music until it became our National Anthem.

Olga Lopes-Seale has touched the lives of thousands of Bajans, in thirty years of broad-casting and forty years of casting … her net for charity. She has lived a life of love in the service of others. For Auntie Olga, to love is to serve.

We all know her for her selfless dedication to the needs of the poor, the young and the old, for her love of people and her tireless work as broadcaster, columnist, and crusader.

And honours have flowed like rivers of water – she was made a Member of the British Empire in1961, has a Silver Crown of Merit and a Gold Crown of Merit, is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary South (my club) and in 1997 she was admitted to the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame – the only woman ever!

She was proclaimed Tour Guide of the Year by the BTA in 1997, given a Doctorate of Letters by the Barbados Community College, and the Honours list goes on, and on, and on ….

But in the words of Oscar Hammerstein in South Pacific, “There is nothing like a Dame” – and there was never … and never will be … another dame quite like our very special Doctor Dame, Auntie Olga.

The Accolade of DAME OF ST. ANDREW is being conferred in recognition of her unswerving commitment to public and community service, to Dame Olga Lopes-Seale.


Henry Fraser Historic Houses Of Barbados Book CoverHistoric Houses of Barbados
Written by Henry Fraser & Ronnie Huges.
Available at all book leading book stores in Barbados.


Henry Fraser Treasures Of Barbados Book CoverTreasures of Barbados
Written by Sir George Alleyne and edited by Henry Fraser.
Available at the UWI Bookshop the publishers.


Henry Fraser Chattle House Book CoverBarbados Chattel Houses
Written by Henry Fraser and Bob Kiss.
Available at all leading book stores.


Henry Fraser A-Z Barbados Book CoverA-Z of Barbados Heritage
Written by Sean Carrington, Henry Fraser, John Gilmore and Addington Forde.
Available at Days Bookstore Barbados and Amazon.com


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