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Tribute to Belizean Patriots: Myrtle Palacio celebrated for lifelong dedication to community and public service

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2023. 2:23 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.

Myrtle Palacio was honored with a Meritorious Award for contributions to Community and Public Service.

Palacio holds a Trained Teacher’s Diploma, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management, and a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Social Planning and Community Economic Development. She conducts research, presents technical papers at national and international conferences, and has published on topical areas of socio-political, socio-cultural, and socio-economical concerns.

As an entrepreneur, Palacio pioneered the political opinion polling culture, and the computer and offshore data entry industries in Belize, through her organization Glessima Research and Services Ltd. Glessima was well-known for its commitment to skills training and job placement. The concept of Glessima was influenced by Palacio’s experience in party politics, as one of two women candidates for the People’s United Party in the 1984 general election.

She participated in several election observer missions to the Caribbean, Curacao, and Sierra Leone, with CARICOM, IFES, and The Commonwealth Secretariat, and was also a member of the Commission of Enquiry into the work of the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. From 2012 to 2015, Palacio served as the Secretary-General to one of Belize’s major political parties.

Over the years, Palacio has been recognized for her contribution to cultural awareness and her dedicated service to family and community, which includes her appointment as an Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Myrtle taught for 20 years at all levels of education.

Education is power and developing human capacities is of utmost importance to Myrtle Palacio, as she continues to acquire knowledge on Belize through primary and secondary research.


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