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Belize Tourism Board recognizes two outstanding Belizeans 

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2023. 9:01 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) recently recognized outstanding Belizeans, Derick Hendy and Vianny Godoy, for their dedication, hard work and excellent service to Belize, as part of its Frontline Hero Award program. 

Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Anthony Mahler congratulated the recipients and presented the awards.

Hendy is a park ranger engaged in community and education outreach programs with the Belize Audubon Society and is stationed at the Crooked Tree Village Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Derick is also the founder of the first Junior Bird Club in Crooked Tree Village and surrounding areas, which aims to educate the youth on the importance of birds to our environment.

“The BTB Frontline Hero Award makes me feel surprised and good at the same time. It is motivation and a boost of confidence for me to do even greater things in the future,” Derick shared. 

Vianny is a stellar employee at the Institute of Archaeology. She currently works as a Ticket Clerk at the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve near her native village of San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District. 

“Ms. Godoy is a very reliable and friendly frontline personnel at Xunantunich.  She has consistently demonstrated dependability, professionalism, and politeness with assisting visitors and in working with her colleagues at the site.  She is very humble and is always smiling and willing to go the extra mile in accomplishing her assigned tasks,” said Dr. Melissa M. Badillo, Director of the Institute of Archaeology. 

“I am honoured to be recognized as one of BTB’s Frontline Heroes and grateful for the recognition of my dedication to my work. I take pride in the work I do. I aim to do my work to the best of my ability; to give our tourists the best service and to be a positive inspiration to all the women, whom I impact on a daily basis,” Vianny said.

Both recipients Derick and Vianny received a $1,500 cash donation courtesy of the BTB and a two night stay package at Falling Leaves Lodge and El Ben Cabañas, respectively.


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