Talents are virtues and portray individual
skills, in turn, making some people exemplary members of their community.
Whether their specific talent is artistic, athletic or professional, having
citizens with special aptitudes is always a plus for any town. This week the
San Pedro Sun is pleased to feature one of
these gifted individuals - Mr. Omar "Canasi" Guerrero.
On August 8th, 1959 Olivia and Dimas Guerrero Sr. (deceased) rejoiced in the birth of
their son Omar. Omar says that growing up in this peaceful fishing village,
among his four brothers and three sisters, has provided him memories he will
treasure for a lifetime. He attended San Pedro Roman Catholic School and St.
Peter's High School (now San Pedro High School) for three years before moving to
Belize City to finish his secondary education at Wesley College.
After graduating in 1978, Omar returned to San Pedro and
went to work at his brother Ovidio's grocery store. Omar felt this was the least
he could do because his brother had paid for his schooling in Belize City. After
five years of working at Martha's Store, Omar was hired as the Plant Manager for
Caribeña Cooperative; a job he kept for two years. He then went to work as an
apprentice for Tom Harding, a well-known contractor. Having mastered this skill,
he teamed up with his brother Ofel to work independently in this business. Since
then Omar has been responsible for the construction of many buildings in San
Pedro and continues to do so to this date.
7th, 1982 Omar wed Soila
Gonzalez of San Pedro Town. Since that day, they have enjoyed a wonderful life
enriched by two lovely daughters; former Miss San Pedro Adaly, and Siommarie, a
Omar Guerrero has also given his
services to the community by means of the San Pedro Town Council. In 1987, Omar
was elected as a Town Councilor and his portfolio included the promotion of
sports and supervising town projects. With regards to the latter, he was one of
the first persons to conduct a study of necessary street repairs, eventually
advocating for the cobblestones on a portion of Coconut Drive. While in office,
he also formed the San Pedro Sports Committee and introduced Five-a-Side
football to San Pedro. Working with the youth of the island came naturally to
Omar, as he himself had always been a very athletic person. Whether it was
soccer, basketball, softball, table tennis or darts, Omar enjoyed them all. He
unselfishly dedicated twelve years of his life working for the betterment of his
town and says he is satisfied with his performance. "I am very happy about the
things that I accomplished when I served as a Town Councilor. I am thankful to
all the people who supported me. I take this opportunity to challenge others to
dedicate their time for the benefit of San Pedro," stated Omar.
Even after retiring from the political scene, Omar
continued his involvement in sports. For five years he served as President of
the Dolphins Football Team, a semi-pro club from San Pedro. Most recently, Mr.
Guerrero has been instrumental in reviving the San Pedro Darts Association and
is also an avid player. Now affiliated with the Belize Darts Organization, the
San Pedro Darts Team has managed to bring their members to peak performance.
Only a couple of months ago, Omar captured the title of Belize National Darts
Champion. He told the San Pedro Sun that he is
hoping to travel with 14 other dart players to the Cayman Islands in August of
2002 to represent Belize in the Caribbean Darts Tournament.
As if he was not busy enough, Omar is presently the
owner/manager of the Punta Boys, a six-member band comprised of young people
from San Pedro. "These kids have a lot of talent and potential. I wanted to give
them the opportunity to share this with the rest of the community. That is why I
got involved with the band," Omar explained.
You might be
thinking that he would not have time for anything else. Wrong, not for Omar
Guerrero. He also volunteers his services either as a bartender or as a grill
chef for many fundraising events. Because of his unselfishness and community
dedication, Omar was named a Justice of the Peace in 1999.
Judging from his past achievements and his present involvement in so many
activities in San Pedro, Omar Guerrero certainly qualifies as an outstanding
"team player" in "Our Community."