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Nicole Alicia Haylock, 38, dies of cancer; was a national security advocate and social researcher

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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021. 9:53 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Prominent Belizeans are mourning the passing of Nicole Alicia Haylock at the tender age of 38, from complications of cancer.

Haylock worked in the social and security spheres, being one of the co-researchers behind the Herbert Gayle Male Social Violence and Urban Participation Survey released in 2010 and later as executive director of the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR).

She was most recently deputy national coordinator for the secretariat of the National Security Council (NSC), an arm of the Executive.

After contracting breast cancer, she also worked as an advocate for fighting cancer, as recalled by fellow survivor and former Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow.

In a social media remembrance, Simplis Barrow stated, “You never complained. You were always optimistic. You fought with everything you had – with that same smile and grace! The impact you had during your time on the earthly journey was tremendous. Thank you for your work with my office and the team on the cyber bullying legislation and lending your voice to our annual cancer advocacy campaign. You were a great champion!”

Former director of the National Women’s Commission Ann-Marie Williams added this: “Nicole was always interested in and passionate about improving women’s lives. That interest led her to be trained as part of one of the first cohorts of Belize’s Transformational Leaders in the Caribbean. An initiative I spearheaded as Belize’s focal point in a regional training cycle of Caribbean Women leaders… she was personable, passionate, pretty smart and selfless. In the words of poet Dorothy Parker, I will remember her soul because she was a “good soul” who loved life and people. I plan to keep your memory alive because good women never die…”

Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 30, at 1 p.m. at Saint Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church and can be viewed on social media at Coye Funeral Home page; COVID-19 protocols apply. Attendees are asked to wear bright colors and donate to the Dangriga Cancer Society in her honour; there will be no wake or repast.

Nicole is survived by parents Matthew and Pamela Haylock; widower Christian Rodriguez; sister Sofia; brothers Matthew, Harrison, Julian and Elvis in the U.S., multiple nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

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