Awards And Accolades  

In 1961, Auntie 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.

From her early days as singer, broadcaster, social worker, Dame Olga Lopes Seale has been the receiver of numerous awards and accolades from the thousands of families, church, community and social groups and organizations whom she has touched.  Whether through a simple letter or card from an individual, a plaque or trophy from a group, or the country’s highest national  honours , this woman of the people has  been recognized across all strata of society by all citizens.  She has fostered such hope within poor families for the future of their children, that her archive includes numerous thank you letters and cards, some including photos, showing the development of the little ones, or informing her of the overall progress in the household.  The many greeting cards in the collection also reflect an outpouring of love and support for her work and congratulatory messages on her national achievements. 



No honour is too much for a woman who has served Barbados, her adopted country in a most ordinary way.”

“…I was also touched by the way in which she appeared to manifest what I refer to a Mother Teresa-type quality which means she demonstrated the true meaning of Christianity by her work and not just her words…she never preached….her faith like Mother Teresa’s  seemed to motivate her to rise each morning and focus on whom she could help and how much…instead of being concerned about the need to convert us along the way.”

Dame Nita Barrow, Barbados’ first female Governor General, in a personal congratulatory letter to Dame Olga wrote. 

“My sincere congratulations.  Your honour is richly deserved.  I am delighted that it has come at this time.  For it is the season when you work for the children….I wish you well.  Good health and continued energy to pursue the many effective contributions you continue to make to our society.”

Many letters in the collection reveal that long before she was knighted people were calling for her to be given the highest award in the island.  Such persons included  John Wickham, Vic Fernandes,  Harold Hoyte, Dagny Sharon (Edgewater Inn), Paul Foster, Jewel S. Bushell  and Desmond Bourne who actually made the recommendation to the Cabinet Secretary that she be so honoured in a letter dated  November 8,1999. 

While not exhaustive, below is an alphabetical list of some persons/organizations who have formally recognized the work of this great Caribbean humanitarian and social worker.

BAMRC and Challenor Centre  40th Anniversary Award (2004)  
Barbados Association Of Journalists Hall of Fame (2010)
Barbados Community College (Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) (2004)
Barbados International Inc. (2005)
Barbados Labour Party (undated)
Barbados Labour Party Women’s League Award (1998)
Barbados Redifussion Service Limited ((1994)
Barbados Service Star (1992)

Bernard Sealy Classic (1992)
Beverley Wiggins-Fleming Tribute Plaque (undated)
Black Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church (2003)
Caribbean Broadcasting Union Hall of Fame Award (1997) (only female inducted up to 2005)
Caribbean Heritage Association (1996)
Christian Union Church of the West Indies (2006)
Contempo Award of Excellence (1987)
Cornerstone Award (2007) Barbados Music Award, Timeless Entertainment Inc
Dame of St. Andrew (Barbados) 2005
Gold Crown of Merit Barbados (1996 )

Guyana Consulate Award (2002)
Indian Community (undated)
IYOP Youth Service (1999)
JASAC (2005- 2006)
JASAC (2006-2007)
Jewels Ministries (2001)
Junior Chamber Bridgetown – Hands Across the Caribbean Award (1996)
Keith Moore Tribute Plaque (undated)
Kiwanis Club of Barbados (1991-1992)
MBE 1961 (Guyana) Queen’s birthday honours
Minister of Tourism Awards – Barbados (1997)
Ministry of Youth, Family and Sports Barbados (2009)
Morning Barbados Team for International Women’s Day (2006)
Mother of the Year – Roots Cultural Experience (1998)
Music and Entertainers Guild of Barbados (MEGOB) Special Award (1986)
National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations Barbados (2003)
National Organization of Women (undated)
New Horizon Agency (2001)
Paul Harris Fellow (1993) This award was also conferred on Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul
Prayer Warrior International Foundation (2008)
Presidential Citation Award Variety International World Conference (2014)
Pride of Barbados Award (2000)
Pride of Barbados Award (2001)
Rediffusion Group of Companies 25 Years of Service (1977)
Rotary Club Barbados South (1993)
Soroptomist International (2002)
Soroptomist International (2005)
Silver Crown of Merit (Barbados)
St. Andrew Award (1999)
St. Stephen’s Primary School (2008)

The Legacy Mother’s  Day International Conference Award (2010)
The Nation 25th Anniversary Award (1998)
Tour Guide of the Year Minister of Tourism Award (1997)
The Rosicrucians
Wesley Hall Infants Primary School  PTA (1987)