Follow your Dreams and Anything is Possible – Ronise Rosel Caliz – Belize’s second Female Pilot
What will I be when I grow up? This is a question that as children, many of us spend countless hours pondering. Our role models are often fire fighters, police officers, soldiers, doctors, lawyers and pilots, to name a few. In many cases, we find that children’s gender can influence their career aspirations. More often than not, you would find that a little girl would aspire to become a nurse while boys would aspire to become doctors, and so forth.
Many career barriers have been crossed in the country of Belize, and while the world over, the ‘glass ceiling’ has been smashed in this particular field, Belize seems to have just started chipping away. We speak of course, about the flight industry. For years, all of the pilots in our country were men, but then in 1998, 19-year-old Florita Ancona became the first female licensed pilot to hit the Belizean skies. Fourteen years later, we take much pleasure in presenting a bright, dedicated, and motivated young lady who has joined her in a field where only men dared to venture in the past.
27 year old Ronise Rosel Caliz of Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District is presently the only female pilot in the country and she is employed by Tropic Air. Her love of airplanes drove her to the career of her dreams. She spoke to The San Pedro Sun of her challenging journey to achieve one of her life’s goals.
Her love of aircrafts was nurtured by a pilot uncle who flew for the Belize Defense Force. She recollects fondly, her childhood experience watching her uncle fly. “My uncle was a pilot flying for the BDF. And when we were little, he always used to have sort of air shows for us with the aerobatic airplanes that the BDF has over Ladyville. They would always come out and do shows. I knew then that that was what I wanted to do. In high school, I was faced with making a decision of a career choice and that was my choice, – but I didn’t think it was possible because I didn’t know anyone that was female that was flying.”
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