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Barbados Culture: People: Olga Lopes-Seale

Olga Lopes-Seale : Our Energetic Humanitarian

Olga Lopes-Seale is known affectionately to all Barbadians as "Auntie Olga". She was born in Guyana on December 26, 1918, and was educated there. In 1939 Olga married a Barbadian, Dick Seale. The couple had two children - Marcia and John who were born in Guyana. The family moved to Barbados in 1963.

Olga Lopes-Seale's career started when she was in her early teens. She loved singing and playing her own mandolin. She became well known as far back as 1942 visiting Barbados for singing engagements.

In 1952 in Guyana, Olga started full-time radio broadcasting. Her warm and friendly voice along with her caring personality made her extremely successful and popular with programmes such as "Yours Truly Olga", as well as her Children's Talent Shows. She also started the Radio Demerara Needy Children's Fund in 1953. Through this programme many children in need benefited from Santa's presents each Christmas. In 1961, Olga was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her kind humanitarian efforts and for her contribution to Broadcasting in Guyana.

Olga was known in the 40s and 50s as the "Vera Lyn of the Caribbean" and sang many inspirational favourites which included "If I can help somebody". This became her theme song.

Since 1963 she has helped and warmed the hearts of many people in Barbados. Her particular devotion is in assisting the young as well as the elderly Barbadians through her Barbados Rediffusion programmes, and has inspired many successful fund raising events.

Olga Lopes-Seale is now a proud great-grandmother and continues her work with those in need. She has a wide knowledge of Barbados and is also a poet and newspaper columnist. She is the recipient of a long list of many different awards given for all her humanitarian work in the Barbadian community.

Her humble deeds and actions have certainly made her an outstanding personality. Her life is a leading example of that beautiful and touching song which is still one of her favourites today:

"If I can help somebody as I pass along,
 If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
 If I can show somebody who is travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain."

©Margaret P.M Bourne

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