Born on February 24, 1978 in the small village of Paruima, Region Seven, is Lee Williams.
Lee is a former Toshao and environmental health officer who was called up to represent the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region in the National Assembly during the 12th Parliament of Guyana.
Lee recently sat down with MTV News Update and reflected on his journey thus far.
He grew up in a small home with six siblings, and opportunities were limited for him.
He was only able to pursue an education up to the primary level, but he tapped into several training opportunities specifically in the tourism, health and environmental sectors to build his knowledge.
Fortunately Lee did not allow these challenges to take his eye off one of his goals- to use his skills and knowledge to make Region Seven a better place with more opportunities.
“I was a person who was very shy when I was small, I couldn’t face or interact with people as a teenager but then again at the age of 16 I came out to do environment and health training that was where I interact with people, with my lecturers and that’s where I start facing or interacting with people,” Lee said.
His first round with politics did not go well but nevertheless he persevered.
“When I was 19 I contested for village Toshao but people did not have confidence in me because I was at that time very young but I tried until 2018 I became the Toshao for Paruima because I had dreams for my village.”
For the former Toshao , it was the “dreams” he had for his village and Region that sparked his interest in the world of politics, since he believed he could use his own experiences as a platform for better representation. He became a Member of Parliament in 2020.
“What I want to see happening in my village or Region is to have people understand the programmes and policies of what the PPP/C is doing […] I want to work to upgrade my people, my region and district,” Williams related.
These days, Williams says he is focused on ensuring economic prosperity is present for all of Region Seven and he is optimistic that under the leadership of President Irfaan Ali this will be done. He particularly praised the Head-of-State for meeting people on the ground and announcing the $25,000 one off cash grant for riverine and hinterland communities.
On the home front, Lee and his wife, Kean who have been married for 20 years have five children between them. They are also proud grandparents to one year old Mateo and seven month old, Star.
With his strong belief in family, Lee has pledged his commitment towards making representation for his people and for every Guyanese.