GEORGETOWN, Guyana January 5, 2022 - The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has extended congratulations to The Right Honourable Baroness Valerie Ann, Amos C.H., on her recent appointment by Queen Elizabeth 11, to the prestigious Order of the Garter.
Baroness Amos, a labour member of the House of Lords, is the first Black person to be so appointed as well as the first black person to become a cabinet member.
“The Baroness Amos, who is also a life peer, becomes the first black person appointed Lady Companion of the Order, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.
In a statement today, the PNCR said "The appointment is the personal choice of the Queen, who has up to 24 ‘knight and lady companions.’”
the statement pointed out that the ceremonial order, founded in 1348, is awarded in recognition of significant public service, and made without Prime Ministerial advice.
Guyana-born Valerie Amos who hails from the island of Wakenaam, is a former Labour cabinet minister. She moved to Great Britain with her family in 1963 and built a career working for equal opportunities.
It noted that on a private visit to Guyana in 2004, Baroness Amos paid a courtesy call on then Leader of the PNCR and Leader of the Opposition, Robert Corbin, where discussions were conducted in a cordial atmosphere on a wide range of matters of mutual interest.
In 2017, she met with President David Granger at State House where they discussed, among other issues, Guyana’s ‘green’ development pathway.
Also offering congratulation is President Irfaan Ali, saying that the appointment is well deserved as it is a recognition of significant public service, given Baroness Amos’ distinguished service to the UK and the Commonwealth.