October 9, 2012
Gonsalves gets US congressional honour

For his service and dedication over the years, this country’s Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has been awarded with the highest honour as a member of the 112th Session of Congress.{{more}}

In an October 6, 2012 proclamation, Yvette D. Clarke, member of Congress representing the 11th Congressional District of New York and on behalf of the United States House of Representatives, recognised Dr Gonsalves for being an outspoken advocate for the poor and disadvantaged.

The proclamation says, “Brooklyn serves as a proud and vibrant borough with a local reflection to the world’s cultural diversity, and it is a time-honoured tradition within the United States House of Representatives to take a moment and reflect on the many accomplishments and contributions made by members of our larger community.”

The proclamation pointed out that Gonsalves has extensive experience in education, having worked as a lecturer at the University of the West Indies and a visiting professor for Queens College of the City University of New York; in journalism, as a newspaper columnist; and practised law since 1981 in matters of constitutional law, administrative law, matrimonial law, property and others.

“I salute Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves for his service and dedication to our world and highlight that his positive and legendary contributions are an inspiration to us all and I bestow upon you the highest honour as a Member of the 112th Session of Congress …

“I, Yvettte D. Clarke member of congress representing the eleventh district of New York do now acknowledge Prime Minister Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves with great honour and recognition…” the proclamation said.