Guyanese business executive Ramesh Dookhoo was on Wednesday honoured by the Rotary Club of Demerara with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award for his exemplary service to Guyana at an annual handing-over
dinner on Tuesday.
The organisation noted that Dookhoo “stands as a beacon of outstanding service” to the Guyanese business community and to the humanitarian causes supported by the Rotary Club.
Dookhoo, who currently sits as President of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce, is also a sitting Trustee on the CCJ Trust Fund Board and chairs a steering committee for the formation of the Caribbean Business Council.
He currently serves the Private Sector Commission as its Honorary Secretary and Head of Trade and Investment. Additionally, the businessman was noted as being among “a small and esteemed group of Guyanese” who have attained the qualification of Certified Risk Management and Assurance Professional by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Dookhoo has been offering advice on strategic matters relating to the many specialised audits.
On receiving his award, the recipient stated that he was humbled by the acknowledgement of his service.
“Everything I have attained, I have put towards my service to Guyana…I am extremely proud to be a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award and very humbled that I share this honour with great Guyanese such as Sir Shridath Ramphal. These are people that have inspired me all my life and to share the same award with them is truly an amazing moment that I shall not forget very soon,” he noted.
Dookhoo further explained that he hoped his achievement inspired young Guyanese “to not pursue fortune and notoriety”, but to truly give their energy and skills towards service to Guyana in whatever capacity they may serve.
Dookhoo joins a very prestigious group of Guyanese named as Paul Harris Fellows, including Sir Shridath Ramphal, Yesu Persaud, Clifford Reis and Cecilia Validum.
The award is presented by Rotary Clubs throughout the world in special appreciation and recognition for humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary International.