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Belize Audubon Society concludes successful 55th Annual General Meeting

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2024. 10:38 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) celebrated the conclusion of its 55th Annual General Meeting, held at the serene Jaguar Creek Resort, adjacent to the breathtaking St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, on Saturday, May 25th, 2024.

With a sense of accomplishment and determination, BAS members convened to reflect on the Society’s achievements over the past year.

The focal point of the gathering was the presentation of the BAS Annual Report and Fiscal Report, offering a comprehensive insight into the Society’s endeavors and financial status throughout the preceding year.

The BAS noted that utilizing electronic mail for voting ensured an inclusive decision-making process, complementing the in-person membership meeting.

Among the significant proceedings were the elections for Officers and Directors of the Board.

Kevin Geban, previously serving as 1st Vice President, ascended to the role of President, embodying a new chapter of leadership for the Society.

The re-endorsement of Simon Reardon Smith as Treasurer and Janelle Chanona as 2nd Secretary underscored the trust and confidence members placed in their capabilities.

Furthermore, the re-election of Directors Shajira Martinez, Olivia Carballo-Avilez, and Dr. Mariana Ancona ensured continuity and expertise within the governing body.

These elected officials will collaborate with existing Board members for the 2024-2025 term, forming a diverse and dynamic team dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Belize’s rich natural heritage.

The incumbent Board members, including Rasine Gillett (1st Secretary), Randall Taylor, Ishmael Quiroz, Virginia Burns Perez, and Francis Canto Jr., bring a wealth of experience and passion to their roles.

Reflecting on the Society’s impactful initiatives, the BAS nature school tours in 2023 engaged 3,500 students across various protected areas, with St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park alone hosting 2,333 students.

The BAS informed that enforcement activities remained robust, with rangers conducting numerous patrols at key sites such as Guanacaste National Park, Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, ensuring the preservation of these vital ecosystems.

Amanda Acosta, Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society, emphasized the significance of community outreach, noting the successful Jaguar conservation awareness program involving 800 participants from buffer communities of the Cockscomb Basin.

In expressing gratitude, the BAS acknowledged the invaluable contributions of Past Presidents Earl Green and Ernest Raymond Sr., whose steadfast support has been instrumental in the Society’s endeavors.

Amanda Acosta extended heartfelt appreciation to all members for their unwavering support, reaffirming the commitment to safeguarding Belize’s seven protected areas for future generations.

The successful conclusion of the 55th Annual General Meeting signifies a renewed dedication to conservation efforts and a testament to the collective vision of the Belize Audubon Society.


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