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NICH honors Timothy Bardalez with Community Heritage Leadership Award

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018. 4:18 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: On Friday May 11, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Patrick Faber visited the home of Timothy Bardalez in Forest Home, Toledo district, where he presented Bardalez with the Community Heritage Leadership Award on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).


Bardalez, is now 83 years old. He has spent much of his life in dedicated service to Belize.


Tim, as he is affectionately known, was responsible for helping to establish schools in Toledo such as Laguna Government School, Adventist Primary School, and Midway Primary School.  He also taught at Mafredi, Forest Home Methodist School, Cattle Landing and Fairview R.C. School.

In addition to being a well-respected teacher and administrator, Tim is best known for his Community Leadership.


He helped to establish Forest Home village and was Chairperson from 1958 to 1994. He was also a member of the September Celebrations Committee in Punta Gorda. He is regarded as a knowledge-bearer regarding the history and the heritage of the East Indian people in Toledo as well as the history of the Toledo district, he has shared with many students, teachers and researchers over the years.


He has also collaborated with NICH on various culture and history initiatives in Toledo.

As a result of a lifetime of service, Bardalez was awarded with the Community Heritage Leadership Award by the National Institute of Culture and History.

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