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The winners of the Leader Worth Following 2021-2022 are philanthropists in being and at heart, Kelly and Mukul Kanabar of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The announcement was made at the 6th Annual Leader Worth Following awards on October 6, 2021. Those who are close to this couple, or even have had the opportunity to spend some time with them, know how genuine, kind-hearted, and generous they are. The two of them complement each other and share the same values, ideals, and aspirations. These values and behaviors exemplify Leadercast Worldwide as they join the esteemed leaders worth following in Belize.

Their generosity goes beyond their family and friends as they have reached out to their community in ways that few have. From moral support, monetary donations, sponsorships, and driving the community to step up and assisting in various charity and fundraising efforts. On the top of their list of charities is the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville, Belize, which has received over $50,000 in fundraising efforts for the Home. Another great initiative they have been involved in since 2011 is through their family of businesses providing a full scholarship for four years to San Pedro High School to one child of each employee. They employ 93 employees across all the businesses, making it about 79 scholarships over ten years.

They have helped raise funds and donated 30 laptops to the San Pedro High School (SPHS), $10,000 to Oceana in Belize, and a long-awaited ultrasound machine to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic. They even stepped up to provide $10,000 for the San Pedro High School Baseball team when they needed funds to travel and compete in the Panama Central American Regional Competitions. Furthermore, they keep sponsoring Government Reading Programs, Coral Ed-Ventures Summer Camps, and the Tres Pescados Fishing Tournament, to name a few. During the unexpected economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they focused on feeding those in need when they lost their livelihoods. Both are no strangers to rolling up their sleeves and getting to work during these difficult times on the island. They have pulled together volunteers and staff in the kitchen, preparing hot meals and grocery bags to deliver to hundreds of people in need.

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Islanders Kelly and Mukul Kanabar recognized as Leaders Worth Following


On Friday, October 8th, San Pedro’s well-known philanthropists and entrepreneurs Kelly McDermott Kanabar and Mukul Kanabar received the Leader Worth Following 2021-2022 award. The announcement revealing the Kanabars as this year’s award winners was made on Wednesday, October 6th, in Belize City. The award is presented to a visionary and outstanding leader dedicated to creating lasting change in their community and is inspired and challenged to become a leader worth following.

The recipients, the Kanabars, who run a number of businesses on the island, including the popular Blue Water Grill, humbly received this recognition but said all their projects and achievements had been teamwork with their staff and volunteers. “I was only 23 when I started my first restaurant, and it is only because of the mentors like Kakaruchi Luna, Lisa Forman, and Catherine Paz I had along the way that I learned how to be a leader,” said Kelly Kanabar. “I do not believe in telling people to do things, but let’s do it together. People should be treated with respect and remain calm under pressure.” Kelly, a San Pedrana, said that a leader is not a one-man band, but someone who can get along with people well, organize and guide a team on the right track.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun