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Tribute to Belizean Patriots Ceremony: Lilia Bowman recognized for outstanding commitment to community service

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2023. 2:29 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On September 13, 2023, the Government of Belize honored 25 distinguished persons at this year’s Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony.

Bowman received the Meritorious Award for contributions to Community Service.

Lilia Bowman (affectionately known as Lily) is a daughter of the so-called “Southside” Belize City. She attended St. Ignatius Primary School, Saint Catherine Academy, and SJC Junior College. She is a proud mother of four children.

Forfeiting a scholarship to study abroad, Lily entered the workforce as an employee at Barclay’s Bank in 1976. Twenty-seven years transpired with Lily covering various positions in the bank before retiring in June 2003.

After retirement, Lily established and managed a small family resort on St. George’s Caye. She eventually joined the Belize Red Cross Society.

Today, Lily is the Director General of the organization, a position she has held since May 2005.

Lily passionately believes in the values and the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross movement and upholds them as much as possible.

She dedicates much of herself to managing the Belize Red Cross Headquarters and its seven branches, guiding them through various initiatives to develop safer, healthier, and more resilient communities.

The Red Cross has become a way of life for her, which she finds highly gratifying.


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