Mayor of Belize City Bernard Wagner and Mayor of Belmopan Khalid Belisle are presently in attendance at the Local Government Forum Conference being held in Trinidad & Tobago. The theme of the conference is: Strengthening local government’s role as partner in development. Mayor Wagner also met with Minister of Local Government, Trinidad and Tobago, Senator the Hon. Haji Kazim Hosein.
This morning, HelpAge International Latin America and Caribbean Sub-Regional Network Meeting was held at the Ramada Princess Hotel to discuss the protection of the human rights of all older persons. Dr. Councillor Candice Pitts was invited to do the welcome address and engage in the panel discussion. Councillor Pitts attended a gathering at the BTL Park for the Belize City Seniors in July of this year and hearing the concerns of the seniors definitely equipped her to weigh in on the discussion today.
Councillor Pollard and Councillor Goodin joined in the celebration of “Amplifying the Voice of Youths” as they attended the 2018 Belize Youth Awards at the Bliss Institute of Arts.
In an effort to collect feedback from the downtown business community with regard to the last Super Sale event of September, a meeting was held by Councillor Allan Pollard (Portfolio of Events/Public Relations/Traffic) and the Local Economic Development Unit to discuss the upcoming Super Sale on December 1st and plan a way forward.
The National Garfuna Council Belize City branch extended an invitation to Mayor Bernard Wagner to which he accepted, to join them in a Garifuna Spirituality meeting. The meeting was held at the University of the West Indies West Landivar Campus and also broadcasted live via the National Garifuna Council’s Facebook page. Speakers at the meeting included: Mr. Sebastian Cayetano and Mr. Parchue. The presentation debunked many myths about the Garifuna people and what they encourage and discourage, as well as how their ceremonies are conducted. But above all Love, Peace and Harmony is well celebrated and promoted.
Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillors Javier Castellanos & Allan Pollard attended the University of Belize’s Marketing Expo. The Mayor and Councillors were thoroughly engaged and very impressed by the innovative ideas of the students.
Councillor Javier Castellanos and the Local Economic Development Unit of the Belize City Council collaborated with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) for a ‘Women Leadership & Empowerment Session’ held today at the City Hall.
Each presenter from Ms. Margaret Mckenzie (Legal Affairs & Court Director for the Belize City Council) to Crystal Samos (Entrepreneur Lush Spa & Beauty/Carpe Diem) shared powerful stories of failure and successes on their way to realizing their dreams while inspiring the women of our audience. We hope to have this be the first of many motivational & inciteful events for our present and future entrepreneurs.
On behalf of Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold delivered the opening remarks for the Annual Belize International Film Festival at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts. The Belize International Film Festival highlights the talents of local and international directors, film producers, actors and artists.
The Welcome Resource Center held a Sleep It Out Fundraiser in honor of those faced with homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. This first of its kind fundraiser was orchestrated by Ms. Joyce Ellis, Administrator of the Welcome Resource Center. Belize City Council’s Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, Councillors Aisha Gentle and Micah Goodin were all in attendance to partake in this experience which began from 6:00pm and was scheduled to end at 6:00am. Mayor Wagner was asked to say a few words given the current condition of our homeless and mentally ill in Belize. Mayor Wagner and Councillors stuck it out for the night amongst the many who came to ‘sleep it out’.