For any group or organization to achieve their
goals, it is important that the members are inspired to perform their duties.
Leaders play a vital role in encouraging this. San Pedro has been blessed with a
wealth of leaders, but more will be needed to eventually take over the reins of
this town. It is with this in mind that we introduce a young person who has
excelled in her job and also devotes a large portion of her time to the youth of
the island - Ms. Deborah "Debbie" Spain.
17th, 1972, Ms. Mel Spain
gave birth to a daughter, Deborah, across the country in San Ignacio. Debbie was
raised by her mother in Georgeville in the Cayo District where she attended
elementary school. At the age of eleven, Debbie moved to Los Angeles, California
for a period of three years to live with her aunt.
her return to Belize, Debbie relocated with her mother to San Pedro and enrolled
at San Pedro High School. After graduating in 1990, she continued her education
in Belize City, attending Glessima Computer School for one year. Back in San
Pedro, Debbie was hired as a front desk agent at Victoria House and spent the
next two years there. Having saved some money, she once again moved to Los
Angeles where she was trained as a barber at Marinelo's School of Beauty.
Receiving her certification, she returned to San Pedro and joined the staff of
Tropical Waves & Designs. Debbie's main focus was cutting children's and
men's hair. She targeted the younger generation, offering the latest hair styles
for a minimal fee. Having established a large clientele, she ventured out on her
own and opened Debbie's Stylish Cuts. Debbie's barber skills and creative "cuts"
continued to gain her more customers and soon she had lines of people awaiting
To supplement her income, in late 1998,
Debbie was hired by the San Pedro Town Council as a traffic warden for the San
Pedro Traffic Department. Since then she has fulfilled her tasks to the best of
her abilities. Debbie has also gone that extra step in her job advising the
council on new techniques and giving recommendations to alleviate the traffic
problems on the island. Instrumental in helping to organize the Ambergris Caye
Traffic Control Committee, Debbie was promoted and is currently the Supervising
Another side of Debbie Spain is her work
with the youth of this community. Always very athletic herself, she stands firm
in her belief that sports are a healthy activity. She says that while cutting
hair, she would often hear young customers lamenting over the lack of sporting
facilities on the island. It was these complaints which gave her the incentive
to lobby the San Pedro Town Council to expand and renovate the basketball court
at Central Park. "It took over six months but the project finally went through,"
commented Ms. Spain. She also expressed her desire to see that a youth
development officer be appointed exclusively for the administration and planning
of sporting activities on the island. She hopes that more volleyball
tournaments, as well as softball tournaments be held to motivate the youngsters,
and keep them from idleness and mischief. Aiding in this quest, Debbie is
presently assisting with the girl's basketball team at San Pedro High School and
is a member of the San Pedro Branch of the National Drug Abuse Control Council.
Debbie Spain is the proud mother of eight year-old
Natasha and six year-old twin boys, Jomar and Jordan. Her children are also her
incentive for dedicating so much of her time to organizing events for the youth.
Debbie explained that as her children grow, they too will have to make choices
regarding healthy activities or bad habits. She strongly feels that if more fun,
wholesome activities are available, the youth will be more apt to travel down
the right path in life.
Between work and her
devotion to the young people of San Pedro, Debbie Spain certainly displays the
qualities of a leader. She also has the necessary skills to inspire others to
become productive citizens of their community. By promoting island sports and
healthy alternatives, Debbie Spain is helping to mold the future leaders of "Our