Belize City Councils Honours 15 more Public Servants Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 00:00

Honourees of Belize City Council Street Naming Campaign.On Wednesday, August 10, the Belize City Council held a ceremony for the third phase of its street naming program on the compound of the Belize City Center. The Council named streets after 15 individuals who served the community honourably over 35 years. 13 of the honourees were nurses. Those are Yvonne Massiah (46 years of service), Laurel O’Brien (45 years of service), Anita Henry (43 years of service), Malva Allen (43 years of service), Lillian Gibson (42 years of service), Sylvia Flores (39 years of service), Gretel Lashley (35 years of service), Shirley Johnson (35 years of service), Norma Ottley (35 years of service) and Kay Pike (35 years of service). Aueril Garbutt (38 years of service), Norma L. Young (50 years of service) and Delsyia Goff (52 years of service) washonoured posthumously. Councilor Wayne Usher was honoured for his service in the public sector for 35 years and Sergeant Gilbert Tablada was honoured for dedicated service in the Police Force for 37 years.

The Belize City Council launched its street naming campaign in June of 2010. Mayor of Belize City, Zenaida Moya-Flowers said people often approached her and gave suggestions on people they believed should be acknowledged for their years of service. Knowing that the requests are many and combining it with the fact that over 300 streets were nameless in the city, the perfect acknowledgment for deserving individuals would be for a street to be named after them. A non partisan committee was organized to select deserving individuals for the eternal honour. That committee comprises of Dr. Gilda Lewis, Captain Nicholas Sanchez, Emma Boiton, Bernard Adolphus and employees of the Belize City Council.  

The first phase of the street naming campaign was held in the Collet Division in which 34 educators were honoured. 54 educators and 18 community volunteers were honoured at the second street naming ceremony inside the St. John Vianney Compound. The streets named after those individuals are located in the Port Loyola and Lake Independence constituencies. The Streets named after the individuals in this third phase are located in Belama Phase IV area, Freetown. Troy Smith, Valuation Manager and Member of the Street Naming Committee, said that the streets will be registered and entered in the world map system. Therefore, individuals from across the globe will have access to the newly named streets via Google earth or similar programs.

Since the program started, 121 individuals have been honoured for their years of service to the community. The program continues and will be opened to community servants in different fields.