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BTB Rewards First Frontline Hero for Exemplary Work During the Pandemic

Mrs. Lisa Tillet Moirhas been rewarded the First Frontline Hero during this pandemic by the Belize Tourism Board.

Mrs. Lisa is very well known in San Pedro as her hard work and determination was observed during her tenure in San Pedro. You made San Pedro your home, and the people will forever be grateful for your hard work.

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Since March of 2020 to date, we have heard a great deal about the plight of our dedicated frontline workers, nurses, doctors and lab technicians who have all carried the burden of Belize's COVID-19 battle. Due to the overbearing workload created by the pandemic, the health inspectors, who would normally be assigned to process food handlers licenses and carry out inspections, have had to put their expertise to task and increase the surveillance portion of their duties.

One health inspector who has been going above and beyond the call of duty, to assist with contact tracing, procedural monitoring, and multiple check ins, is Mrs. Lisa Tillett Moir. Mrs. Moir has been with the Ministry of Health for over 20 years and is presently acting in the capacity of Senior Public Health Inspector. Mrs. Moir's duties include assisting with the processing of persons who have lost the battle to COVID-19 and ensuring that the movement of the body is carried out in the proper way. She visits the police stations and residential care homes for the elderly and children, to ensure that all protocols are in place for the safety of the residents and workers.

Mrs. Moir has joined forces with the local authorities to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease. She provides patients with guidance on the health procedures while educating them on best practices, assists with swabbing and the distribution of prescribed medication, and checks in on their mental health status. She also helps the Ministry of Health and Wellness make informed decisions on next steps by providing data collected from positive patients.

"On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations and the Board, Management and Staff of the Belize Tourism Board, thank you so much for your hard work during this Covid-19 pandemic. We are very grateful to have selfless people like you working at the frontline. Like many others in this line of duty, you are the real superhero. Stay safe, and do not forget to take care of yourself while taking care of us." stated Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations.

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) congratulates Mrs. Lisa Tillett Moir on being selected as the Frontline Hero for the month of September. She will receive a fantastic staycation package which includes a two nights' stay for 2 persons, plus breakfast, courtesy of Ka'ana Resort and $2,500 courtesy of the BTB. The BTB is pleased to announce that each month a new Frontline Hero will be chosen through close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness. We express heartfelt gratitude to all frontline workers for their exemplary work and dedication.

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BTB Recognizes 2 Frontline Heroes for December

Meet Nurse Donaldine Lizama

Nurse Donaldine Lizama is the Nursing Supervisor for the Central Health Region and the head of the Ministry of Health's vaccination program.

Nurse Lizama she has dedicated her life to nursing as a public health nurse from 1999 and has worked at the KHMH, and both the Northern and Central Regions. In her current role, she coordinates all outreach for the ministry's vaccine drive, working with the private and public sectors to carry out onsite vaccination for their staff. She also spearheads the health education for all nurses. Nurse Lizama often dedicates long hours and nights to ensure the accuracy of the daily Covid-19 reports.
She has been awarded a staycation package for two that includes a two-night stay courtesy of Chabil Mar Belize Resort, round-trip tickets courtesy of Tropic Air Belize, a snorkeling tour for 2 courtesy Splash Dive Center and dinner for 2 at Maya Beach Hotel Bistro and $2,500 cash complements of the Belize Tourism Board.

Meet Nurse Casilda Bowman

At the heart of the pandemic is Nurse Casilda Bowman who plays an important role as the Manager of the Covid and Patient Under Investigation Unit.

Nurse Bowman believes that providing holistic care is a top priority. With over 11 years of nursing experience, she has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Unit, managed the Emergency department, and provided training for nurses in a variety of areas. These experiences have adequately prepared her for current role where she dedicates all of her time, energy and compassion to patients in the Covid-19 unit.

She has been awarded a staycation package for two that includes a two-night stay courtesy of Naia Resort and Spa with breakfast and beach front dinner and a couples massage, round-trip tickets courtesy Tropic Air Belize, and $2,500 complements of the Belize Tourism Board.

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BTB Recognizes Frontline Hero - Dr. Eric Bradley

Dr. Eric Bradley, Head of Internal Medicine at the KHMHA, was one of the first two internists who led the charge in the hospital's fight against COVID-19 in the newly created COVID-19 unit. Since the 3rd of April 2020, he has remained at the forefront, solidifying his position as the single Doctor who has managed the most critical of COVID-19 patients. The COVID-19 Unit, designed to care for the moderate to severe cases, has managed 700 admitted cases to date. Dr. Bradley has faced the worst case scenarios on many levels, but has always remained professional, respectful and committed to the care of his patients. Throughout countless days and nights, Dr. Bradley and his inspired team have stayed beyond their designated hours to ensure that all patients received the care that they needed. This unassuming, humble and dedicated Doctor deserves all the accolades and recognition that are due to him. Dr. Eric Bradley was born in Belize City and is a medical graduate from the Universidad Mariano G�lvez de Guatemala. He has been practicing medicine in Belize since 2014.

Dr. Eric Bradley was gifted a two-night staycation package for 2 persons with continental breakfast and dinner, and an onsite garden and birding tour courtesy of Ga�a Riverlodge, along with a Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500), courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).

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Belize City, Belize, December 22, 2022: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce its Frontline Hero Award recipient for the month of December, Victoria Ann Forman.

Growing up as a fisherman's daughter, Victoria spent many hours fishing, swimming, and playing in the pristine Caribbean Sea of Belize on her family's island, Forman's Caye. Not surprisingly, she developed a keen interest in the tourism industry throughout the years and became a tour guide in December 2003. Being a freelance tour guide for over 18 years has allowed her to explore many different places throughout Belize; she has embarked on a few small ship adventures as a naturalist and has provided locally guided inland and marine tours. She currently works as a dive master and snorkel guide taking guests to explore the underwater wonders of Belize.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Belize, everything came to a halt. Tour guides were among the first to be affected when the majority of them lost their jobs. But Victoria was not the type that would sit around. She constantly made numerous phone calls to fellow tour guides to give them courage during such a difficult period. Subsequently, she began growing a garden, made homemade bread and bun for sale, and eventually became a fisherwoman catching and selling her own fish, a job she still does. In addition, she helps her father build and pull lobster traps and helps out around the island - not a typical job for a woman but that is the strong trait of determination in Victoria that allows her to survive and support her family.

During the pandemic, Victoria remained an active member of the Belize Tour Guide Association and was able to train fellow members via video on First Aid and prepare them for their tour guide renewal.

"Being nominated for the Frontline Hero Award came as a surprise to me because I never saw myself as a Hero for the work I do. I thank BTB for such recognition. Being recognized for my hard work in the Frontline service means a lot to me and I feel very grateful. I am thankful to my fellow Tour Guide Association members for recognizing that in me. I am delighted to see that the tourism industry is growing again," Victoria shared.

The BTB congratulates Victoria for receiving the Frontline Hero Award and thanks her for being an exemplary and outstanding woman and for serving Belize with great pride, distinction, hard work, and dedication. As part of her recognition, Victoria received a $1,500 cash award, courtesy of the BTB, and a two-night stay at Hopkins Bay Resort with meals courtesy of Muy 'Ono Resorts.

The BTB's Frontline Hero Award program was established in 2021 to recognize outstanding Belizeans who have served Belize beyond their call of duty. This program is operated in collaboration with tourism stakeholders who have been generous in contributing prizes to the honorees. Stakeholders wishing to contribute a prize towards the Frontline Hero Awards Program can contact BTB's Public Relations Unit via email at [email protected] or Tel: 227-2420.

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Mr. Steven Richard Evans has been recognized as BTB's most recent Frontline Hero. Mr. Evans is a well-known and prominent personality at the Philip Goldson International Airport where he has worked as a porter for over 45 years. Respectful, humble, kind, patient, and service-oriented are some words that best describe Steven Evans. Born in Belize City on January 15, 1956, Steven grew up in Ladyville. In 1977, he decided to take a job as a porter at the old Stanley Field Airport, but little did he know that this job would become his life-long career. Helping visitors with their luggage, securing their transportation, and ensuring they had a positive first impression of the jewel became Steven's daily mission. When the international airport opened, there were initially only seven international daily flights. Fast forward to 2023, with the increase in tourism, the airport now handles over 17 daily flights thus creating a greater demand for porters. Steven has been at the center of all this growth, always serving travelers with exceptional service and dedication. At age 67, Steven is a Belizean dynamo showing no signs of retirement or slowing down.

The BTB proudly congratulates Mr. Steven Evans for his long years of exceptional service to our country. As part of his award, Mr. Evans gets a cash award of $1,500, courtesy of the BTB, and a two-night stay for two at Sunset Caribe Belize in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

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