Our Community - Wilema Alamilla Gonzalez - "Brains and Beauty in La Isla Bonita"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 36            October 2, 2003

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Wilema Gonzalez

Strong and determined women are no strangers to the San Pedro community. To be a good role model they must be able to communicate with people, be gracious and friendly, and earn the respect of the people around them. This week, The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce one of these inspiring women, well known for her kindness and beauty - Mrs. Wilema Alamilla Gonzalez.

    The youngest of three children, Wilema was born on August 5th, 1973, to Mrs. Wilema Alamilla and Mr. Wilfredo Alamilla Sr. Although she was born in Belize City, Wilema was raised with her two older brothers, Wilfredo Alamilla Jr. and Eddy Alamilla in "La Isla Bonita," where she presently resides. One of the brightest students in her class, she graduated from San Pedro Roman Catholic School. Wilema recalled, "One of my most enjoyable childhood experiences was being a member of the "Honeymoon Dancers." For nearly ten years, she performed all over the country of Belize, dancing to the beat of all types of music. During her years at San Pedro High School, Wilema kept herself in good physical shape by playing on the school's volleyball team. She also volunteered her time to the San Pedro Youth Movement for almost six years.

    In 1989, Wilema displayed all of her beauty and brains as a contestant in the prestigious Miss San Pedro Pageant, earning the title of Miss San Pedro 1989-1990. Despite all of these exciting experiences and achievements, Wilema remained at the top of her class at San Pedro High School, graduating with honors in June of 1990. Named the class Valedictorian, she was the pride of her family, teachers and classmates.

     Little did Wilema know then, what the future had in store for her. She participated in two more pageants the next year, where the judges found that Wilema possessed both beauty and intelligence. In 1990, she was crowned Miss San Pedro Lions and later voted Miss Lions District 59 at the Lions National Convention. This gave Wilema the opportunity to travel as the Belize Lions District 59 Queen to the Lions International Convention in Miami, Florida, USA. Feeling very fortunate, she did a splendid job representing the people of her island and her country.

    Combining all of the skills she had accumulated during her short life, Wilema landed her first job at the age of 19 at The Belize Bank Ltd. There, Wilema was able to use her high school knowledge and put her talents into practice. She proved to be not only a beauty queen but also a sophisticated young lady. After four and half years of employment at The Belize Bank, Wilema went to work at Atlantic Bank Ltd., another well-known firm. There, she was given the chance to prove that she had "what it takes" to build a strong foundation for her future. In her fourth year of employment, she was sent for advanced training at the bank's Belize City branch. It was during this training, though, that Wilema met and fell in love with Rudy Gonzalez, who was also an employee of Atlantic Bank at the time.

    After a year of getting to know each other, Wilema and Rudy decided that it was time to "tie the knot". In December of 1998, the couple declared their vows of marriage to each other. Following the birth of their first child, Rudy Gonzalez Jr., Wilema's need to devote quality time to her son changed the direction of her life, from a banking career to a full-time loving mom.

    After a year of motherhood, it was time for Wilema and her newfound family to move back home to "La Isla Bonita". She began a new job at The Island Academy primary school, where eventually she accepted all the responsibilities of Office Administrator. After three years of dedication and hard work, Wilema took time off to bring a second little angel into the world, Mia Angelee Gonzalez.

    When she is not busy at The Island Academy, Wilema spends time with her husband and two children. She also offers her time and talents as the co-host and Mistress of Ceremonies at local events such as the Miss San Pedro and Miss Costa Maya International Pageants, where other young women compete to enjoy the opportunities she had.

    Wilema continues to be a role model for her children, her students and other young island women. By possessing all the right attributes, she demonstrates what it takes to become a "queen" in "Our Community."

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