President Donald Ramotar lauded the contributions in aviation made by pilot, Captain Debbie Gouveia at a ceremony held to unveil a stamp in her honour on Saturday.
Recently, the Guyana Post Office Corporation honoured several women pilots for their outstanding contributions to the sector, a report from the Government Information Agency (GINA) said.
“It shows that in Guyana we have broken the barrier, and that women and men are equal in our society,” Ramotar said in his address at the celebration honouring Captain Gouveia held at Duke Lodge.
The ceremony also doubled as a celebration of Captain Gouveia’s husband, Captain Gerry Gouveia’s 58th birthday and the 21st anniversary of Roraima Airways. Ramotar highlighted Captain Gerry Gouveia’s contributions to the nation, particularly in the area of eco-tourism.
“Apart from that, I want to thank the company for the many, many medivacs that they have flown. They have been saving many lives,” he said.
In response to her many well-wishers, Captain Debbie Gouveia recalled her career and how her love of flying began after a short visit to an airstrip. She then charged young women to pursue their dreams.
“There is nothing you cannot achieve in life, if you set your goals and you work very hard….always stay focused and remember nothing comes without sacrifice and hard work,” she said.
GINA noted that the stamp was unveiled by President Ramotar and Post Master General Henry Dundas during the celebrations at Duke Lodge.