WAY TO GO RAFAEL!!!!!!!!! You make us proud!

Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development, received the honor of receiving the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his work towards environmental protection. FCD is located in Succotz, and does work all around the Chiquibul. Congratulations, Rafael!


The Queen's New Year's Honours list was announced yesterday and some well-known names in the media are making it into the esteemed ranks of the old empire.

Receiving OBE honours are FCD's Rafael Manzanero, who is well known for his tireless work on protecting the Chiquibul.

Also on the OBE list is DR. Adrian Coye, Belize's first cardio - thoracic surgeon and the medical chief of staff at the KHMH. And getting MBE honours this year is Rodney Neal, the chairman of the security services commission.

The Date for the presentation of awards will be announced later.

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Meet 3 outstanding Belizean men

Rafael Manzanero

A trio of outstanding Belizean men, in various areas of service to the country, has been appointed to the Order of the British Empire.  They are: Rafael Manzanero, Dr. Adrian Coye and Rodney Neal.  The nominations were announced on New Year’s Day by the Office of the Governor General.  Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends of Conservation and Development, is being recognized for his contribution to environmental protection.  He has been instrumental in raising awareness on the issue of illegal logging and poaching in the Chiquibul National Park.  Director of Medical Services at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Dr. Adrian Coye is being acknowledged for his contribution to medicine.  Dr. Coye was at the helm of an investigation into the deaths of twelve neonates at the K.H.M.H. in mid-2013.  Meanwhile, Rodney Neal is being appointed Member of the British Empire for his contribution to public service.  A date for the presentation of the awards is yet to be announced.

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