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The HVP “Men of Influence” Heart of the Virtuous One (HOVO) award is a prestigious award given to men who positively contribute towards the enrichment of society. It is the brainchild of Guyanese media mogul Treveynie Persaud. It was first given in November 2022 to celebrate International Men’s Day.
Persaud said that the mission of the HVP HOVO Awards surrounds a forum that endorses leaders in advancing and developing talented men across practices, roles, and locations, as reflected in the 20 MOIHA’s ongoing commitment to supporting men at all stages of their careers, further empowering them to lead young men down the right path. He explained that the participants will discover how to navigate and leverage internal and external networks, participate in peer coaching, and engage in community service and capacity building activities.
He also emphasized that “not enough is being done to promote the healthy lifestyle practices that our men demonstrate daily throughout the various sectors.”
Recognizing the need for such initiatives, Persaud launched the MOI HOVO Awards. Persaud further explained that the driving force behind economics and enabling the growth of one man can impact the lives of many more.
With a cohort of only 20 men annually, the award will provide a safe space, mentors, training, opportunities, networking, and a community for its participants to not only be empowered but become the face or role model for our youths through continuous positive leadership and facilitation of various developmental and enhancement initiatives.
This ambitious move will explore critical areas that include access to networks, leadership and social equity, executive presence, and more, all aimed at building new and strengthened relationships internally and externally while paving the way for our young men.
The first cohort of awardees includes former Mayor of Georgetown Pandit Ubraj Narine, singer/songwriter Bonny Alves, comedian Chris Gopaul, nursing lecturer Mario Bolwerign, JP Parmanand Sukhu, businessman Stanley Ming, STEM advocate Bradley Downer, LT. Godfrey Bess, Compton Narine, Pastor McGarell, and Dr. Brain Miles, amongst others.
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The event is slated for 7pm Thursday November 30th, at Theatre Guild.