Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2023. 12:51 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On May 13, 2023, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) successfully concluded its 54th Annual General Meeting at the picturesque Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
The event proved to be a significant milestone for the BAS as members gathered for the first time in person since 2019 to reflect on the Society’s accomplishments and strategize for the future.
The BAS Annual Report and Fiscal Report was presented providing a comprehensive overview of the Society’s activities and financial performance throughout the past year.
Demonstrating their commitment to inclusivity, the BAS employed a combination of electronic mail and an in-person membership meeting to ensure widespread participation.
As part of the proceedings, elections were held for Officers and Directors of the Board, marking a pivotal moment for the Society’s leadership.
Following the Society’s established nomination process, the positions of President, 1st Secretary, and four Directors were re-endorsed for a 2-year term through electronic voting. The post of 2nd Vice President remains vacant.
Earl Green was elected as President, and Rasine Gillett as 1st Secretary.
Newly elected Directors include Ishmael Quiroz, Randall Taylor, Virginia Burns Perez, and Francis Canto Jr.
The elected officials will join the existing Board members for the 2023-2024 term, forming a diverse and dynamic team of individuals dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Belize’s natural heritage.
The current Board members include Kevin Geban (1st Vice President), Simon Reardon Smith (Treasurer), Janelle Chanona (2nd Secretary), Shajira Martinez, Ishmael Quiroz, Olivia Carballo-Avilez, Mariana Ancona, and Ernest Raymond Sr. (Immediate Past President).
Amanda Acosta, the esteemed Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society, expressed her gratitude to the members for their unwavering support and resilience.
” Cultivating meaningful connections with our members and the wider community has always been at the heart of our mission. With great pride, we continue to serve as stewards of Belize’s natural wonders, co-managing seven remarkable protected areas including the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Blue Hole Natural Monument, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Victoria Peak Natural Monument, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Guanacaste National Park and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Through our unwavering commitment, we ensure the preservation and sustainable management of these precious ecosystems. As we embrace new digital platforms and engage with our vibrant online community, we also recognize the vital role of physical outreach. Our dedicated efforts extend beyond the virtual realm, reaching schools and communities that serve as guardians and buffers to these protected areas. Together, with the support of our members and partners, we strive to foster a deep appreciation for nature and build a collective vision for the conservation of Belize’s awe-inspiring biodiversity,” Acosta said.
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