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Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2023. 9:25 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, on International Women’s Day, the Belmopan City Council is celebrating resilient women in the community by unveiling 2 portraits of women who have contributed to the development of Belmopan.

The portraits of Beverly Swasey and Hazel Hutchinson will be unveiled today.

Swasey is a long-time educator having served in the city of Belmopan from the then Junior School to the Belmopan Comprehensive High School. 

She is also creative in acting, directing, and dancing.

She served as a City Councilor during the period 2003 to 2006. 

Swasey acted as Deputy Mayor during her time as an elected official.  She is the founder of the Belmopan Cancer Society and plays a critical role in cancer awareness and is a survivor herself.

Her life’s philosophy is:  “I am happiest when I am serving my community.

The Hazel Hutchinson Center is the embodiment of kindness, love, and care.

“It is because of people like her we are encouraged to help the least of our brothers and sisters. She trained many young girls to be active girl guides.  Mrs. Hutchinson was a very active person in the development of meaningful community activities.  The elderly are a vulnerable group but also equal members of this community,” the Belmopan City Council noted.

“On the occasion of women’s month and the anniversary of the She4She Champions, we take this opportunity to wish all women in Belize and the World a Happy Women’s Month,” the council added.

The unveiling ceremony will be held today at the Belmopan Cancer Society at 2.30 pm, and the unveiling of the portrait of Hazel Hutchinson on Thursday March 9 at 10 am at the Hazel Hutchinson Center for the priceless painting done by Cuban Artist Fernando Reina.


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