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Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021. 9:46 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: The Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Belize National Chapter joined the nation in congratulating Belize’s new Governor General Froyla Tzalam.

Tzalam is the first indigenous American Governor General of the Commonwealth.

Tzalam is a Belizean Mopan Maya woman from San Antonio, Toledo, and the second woman to hold the highest office in Belize having succeeded Sir Colville Young following his official retirement on April 30th, 2021.

“The installation ceremony of the new Governor-General which took place at the House of Culture in Belize City highlighted the extraordinary work of Froyla Tzalam and her years of leadership and service to Belize which has undoubtedly prepared her for this role,” the organization said.

Tzalam has dedicated her life to promoting and preserving Maya culture in Belize and has served as the Executive Director of the Sartstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and the Managing Director of Tumul K’in Center of Learning.

Tzalam also holds high academic achievements with a BA in Anthropology from Trinity University in Texas, USA, and a master’s degree in Rural Development from the University of Sussex in England. As the Head of State, Tzalam will be the executive authority in Belize and serve as representative for her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in Belize.

CIWiL extended well wishes to Tzalam as she embarks on this historic and exciting journey in her distinguished role as Governor General of Belize.

“Tzalam will carry out her duties with dedication, diligence, and grace, and continue to serve as an inspiration to young girls and women across Belize,” the statement said.

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