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Rural Central Committee Holds Retreat for Village Councils Print E-mail
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Written by Shane. D. Williams   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Chairpersons and Councilors from nine villages in the Belize Rural Central constituency attended a retreat at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom Village on Sunday, November 24th. The retreat was organized by the Belize Rural Central Committee. The main objective was to provide an opportunity for networking among village leaders of the constituency in order to more effectively execute the United Democratic Party’s developmental agenda for the area.

The keynote address was delivered by Michael Hutchinson, UDP Caretaker for Belize Rural Central. Hutchinson reaffirmed his commitment to continue working on behalf of the people of Belize Rural Central with the support of a Central Government that is preparing to inject an unprecedented amount of financial resources in rural communities across the country. Jacquelyn Franklin, Regional Development Officer in the Ministry of Local Government, and Diane Haylock, Chair of the UDP Committee for the Organization of Women, were also in attendance to address the village officials. Franklin presented on the role of village councils as authorized by the regulations in the Village Council Act. Haylock presented on transformational leadership and the need for more women in politics. Also allowed an opportunity to address the gathering were aspiring candidates for UDP Standard Bearer in the constituency, including councilor Dean Samuels.

A special appearance was made by Hon. Patrick Faber. Faber spoke about the importance of collaboration between the councils and unity among party supporters. He said more collaboration is necessary for a powerful machinery to be created in Belize Rural Central. Village leaders also had time to speak with Minister Faber about national issues that are presently affecting Government.
Based on all accounts, the retreat was extremely successful and village leaders left the resort enthused about the future.