Honoree

gwen tongeDame Gwendolyn Moreen Tonge

Dame Gwendolyn Moreen Tonge, a champion of women's issues in Antigua, was born in Seatons Village in that island on October 3, 1923. 1980 she was appointed by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as Director of the Women's Desk. She held that position through subsequent changes in the organization (Women's Affairs and Directorate of Gender Affairs). Mrs. Tonge was appointed as Senator-Parliamentary Secretary for Women and Gender Affairs. She was later appointed to serve as a special Adviser to the Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, Urban Development Renewal, Medical benefits and Social Improvement. She was the recipient of many outstanding awards including MBE Queen's Birthday Award, OBE Queen's New Year Award, Order of Honour (Antigua and Barbuda) the International Women's Day Award, Home Economics awards from Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean awards for Community Humanitarian Service from the University of Guelph (Canada). In November 2006, Mrs Tonge was invested as a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the nation's highest honour and in 2012 the National Heroes Day Committee recommended that she be conferred with the title of National Hero for the 2013 National Heroes Day event. She died in 2012.