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About the Gala

Guyana United Youth Development Association, Inc. (GUYDA) will be celebrating its
18th Annual Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9:00 pm–
2:00 am. Please join us at Leonard’s Palazzo located at 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck,
NY 11021. Tickets are available for a donation of $140, which gives you access to a full
one-hour cocktail (9:00 pm – 10:00 pm), a three-course meal, and an open top-shelf bar.

The proceeds from this event will be used to support the organization’s mission of
providing educational, social, and cultural opportunities to the youth of Guyana, the
Caribbean, and the USA. GUYDA is a 501(c)(3) organization and all proceeds from this
event will fulfill our mission.


Gala Ticket Information

Tickets are available for a donation of $140, that gives you access to a full
one-hour cocktail (9:00pm – 10:00pm), three-course meal, and an open top-shelf bar.

Raffle Information

DRAWING NOVEMBER 12, 2022 @ 1:00 AM

1st Prize

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2nd Prize


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3rd Prize

Viva Instant Pot – 6 Quart 9-in-1
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4th Prize

Gift Basket

2022 Gala Sponsors and Journal

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2022 Gala Honorees

Janice Emanuel McLean, PhD, ND

Janice Emanuel McLean, Ph.D., ND
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Janice Emanuel McLean is the Founder and CEO of APC Community Services and APC Medical Team. She is a retired Professor at the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies and President of Uzima Lifestyle Center.  She is a mentor, health, and lifestyle coach, working to help people with chronic diseases regain their health. She is currently conducting Diabetes Prevention and Management classes in the community and helping individuals with chronic diseases reclaim their health.

          She served the Seventh –day Adventist church for over 25 years in various capacities such as: Sabbath School and Communications Director of the Guyana Conference and Sabbath School and Children’s Ministries Director of the African Indian Ocean Division, now known as West-Central African Division in Ivory Coast. She also worked at Cicitalli & Associates as the Coordinator of the AIDS Education Center. She served as Policy Analyst at the Haitian centers Council.


Each year Dr Emanuel McLean leads a team of doctors, dentists, nurses, and other professionals on Medical Missions in different parts of the world.   June 14-29, 2018, she led a team of 34, doctors, dentists for Loma Linda University, nurses and other health professionals on a Medical Mission to Ghana and Guyana respectively, where over 6,000 individuals received care in Ghana.  In 2019, her team APC Medical Mission Group traveled to Guyana April 18 - May 1, to provide free medical care including cataract surgeries and to conduct a free Medical Conference along with a Health Expo. There were over 2,000 persons who received free medical services, medicines, and eyeglasses. APC has conducted 15 Medical Missions to Guyana from 2010 to present and has provided over 1millon dollars in supplies and free medical, dental and vision care to the people of the homeland. APC will be returning to Guyana April 10-23, 2023, for a Medical mission and will also conduct a Mental Health Conference in partnership with the University of Guyana


Dr Emanuel McLean graduated with a Naturopathic Doctors Degree in 2018 and with her husband who is a psychologist, founded the Uzima Lifestyle Center in 2019, in Kalamazoo Michigan. Her goal in life is to serve others and bring glory to God.

Adjua Kwesida Sampson
Founder of Impacting Lives, Inc.

Adjua Kwesida Sampson
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Adjua Kwesida Sampson is the founder of Impacting Lives, Inc., a non-profit 501C(3) organization, dedicated to provide support to families in New York, Guyana, South America, and the Dominican Republic.  Impacting Lives, Inc. strives to improve the lives of families to empower them to rise out of poverty.  Ms. Adjua Sampson is Guyanese by birth and lives according to the Word of God that we should “encourage one another and build each other up.”

It is this belief that led Ms. Sampson to pursue a career in education.  She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and a Master of Science Degree in Education, Special Education, and Supervision. She currently serves as a Science teacher in a New York City Middle School where she has implemented a vigorous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program.  She brings Science to life for her students through real-world experiences. Over the last few years, she chaperoned several trips (including some to the Florida Keys and Everglades) so that her students could swim with dolphins, dissect squids (then enjoy fried calamari), and explore natural parks.  Ms. Adjua Sampson served in the U.S Army and completed a tour in Iraq honoring her commitment to God and her country.


Ms. Sampson brings her passion for education and service to meet the needs of communities through Impacting Lives, Inc.  Through her vision, the organization provides courses in English for the youth in the Dominican Republic so that they can develop proficiency in English. They provide backpacks to 100 children in the Dominican Republic each year to prepare them to return to school.  Two times per year, they provide clothing and shoes for children in need in the Dominican Republic.  Ms. Sampson has established a camp where young people are provided with meals and enrichment activities annually for one week in the Dominican Republic.   In Guyana, Impacting Lives donates goods and love baskets in Den Amstel Village on the West Coast of Demerara.  Recently, Impacting Lives adopted a disadvantaged community on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, one of the most challenging areas to live in.  They are planning to get more involved in the Queens/Brooklyn areas and continue the mission in Guyana and the Dominican Republic.


Adjua Sampson is an Assistant Pastor at God’s Holiness Deliverance Ministries and has the support of the congregants as well as that of her loving family.  She has been happily married to Nicolas for almost five years. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Stephanie, German, and Jose, and two wonderful grandchildren, Kimberly, and Brian.

We Need Your Support Today!

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