Press Release - Government of Belize - Belmopan, 13th September, 2010 - Twenty-five distinguished Belizeans will be honoured during this year’s Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, September 16th, at 7:00PM, at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, Belize City. Those nominated to receive national honors and awards are:

Order of Belize

Dr. Lennox A. Pike For contributions to Belize’s Consular Service, Medicine, and the Belizean Community in Detroit
Hon. Curl Osmond Thompson (posthumously) For contributions to Public Service and Industrial Relations

Order of Distinction

Hon. Faith Babb For contributions to Public Service
Mr. Nestor A. Vasquez For contributions to Telecommunications
Mrs. Floss Cassasola (posthumously) For contributions to Education and Music
Mr. Terence Leo Keating (posthumously) For contributions to Scouting and the Uniformed Services

Meritorious Service Award – Male

Mr. Edison Staine For contributions to Music
Mr. Delhart L. Courtney, Sr. For contributions to Sports
Mr. Theodore “Ted” Burrowes For contributions to Music
Mr. Owen “Sonny” Meighan For contributions to Sports
Mr. Bonifacio Moh For contributions to Industry and the Credit Union Movement
Mr. Bartolome Rodriguez, Sr. For contributions to Community Service
Mr. Evert Coe For contributions to Community Service
Mr. Bedford Richie For contributions to Community Service
Mr. Walter Panting, JP For contributions to Community Service
Mr. Salvador “Jorge” Iglesias For contributions to Community Service

Meritorious Service Award – Female
Mrs. Alberta Cano For contributions to Education and Community Service
Ms. Barbara Harris For contributions to Community Development
Ms. Myrna Manzanares For contributions to Culture and the Arts
Ms. Sonia Lenares For contributions to Social Services and Community Development
Ms. Andrea Gabriel For contributions to Culture
Mrs. Olga Myers For contributions to Public Service and Community Service
Ms. Rose Armstrong For contributions to Social Services and Community Development
Mrs. Velda M. Aguet, MBE, JP For contributions to Voluntary and Community Services
Ms. Melba Nora Bodden For contributions to Community Service

The National Honours and Awards Act, 1991, provides that each year on Independence Day, or at such other times as may be deemed expedient, honours and awards may be conferred on persons, living or deceased, who have rendered outstanding and meritorious service to Belize, or who have distinguished themselves in other endeavours worthy of national recognition.