Consulate of Belize
"Person of the Year"
Ms. Lauren Quiros
s we close the year, once again we wish to think of those who have impacted us in significant and positive ways throughout the years.
Lauren Laverne Quiros, one of three sisters, was born in Belize City to Doreen and Francisco Quiros, where she attended Saint Ignatius School and then St. Catherine Academy. A classmate from the latter school remembers Lauren as an outstanding, diligent and disciplined student, who was always helpful and pleasant with her classmates and teachers.
After graduating high school, Lauren migrated to the Washington Metropolitan Area to attend Strayer University, where she received a Bachelors degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics. But her love, passion and pride for Belize only deepened. It was during this time that the Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C. recruited Lauren.
This was shortly after Belize gained Independence from Great Britain in 1981, while the Embassy was being set up, ushering a new era for Belize, officially establishing diplomatic ties with the United States as a newly Independent nation and formalizing its relationship with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the world.
Lauren, as in her early academic life, applied the same dedication and commitment to her new career and served along with nine different Ambassadors appointed to the Embassy, as well as worked under the change in Governments applying the same professionalism and loyalty to all she served.
Ambassador Edmund Marshalleck was officially the first Ambassador appointed by Belize to the U.S., albeit non-resident, and thereafter Sir Edney Cain as resident Ambassador. At present, she is serving as Second Secretary and Consul under Ambassador, H.E. Patrick Andrews.
While juggling her duties that involved finance, protocol, administration, consular matters and the OAS, Lauren too was a single Mother raising two daughters, Kimberly and Jasmin Gil whom she singlehandedly is putting through College.
She has received Certificates from the Organization of American States for her participation in the 2nd Course on International Law on Refugees and a Certificate from of the Embassy of Spain and Embassy of El Salvador for Spanish courses she has taken.
It goes without saying that Lauren Quiros will be missed. She has always been here to guide and assist the Consulates. She received a plaque from the Embassy of Belize in Washington, DC for her 33 years of service. Lauren chooses to exit in the same way she came, quietly, with gratitude and grace. She also takes with her a wealth of experience gained throughout the many years.
On behalf of all who have worked with Lauren and all the many Belizeans who have traversed this country seeking assistance, we sincerely thank her for her unwavering dedication and service to the Government and country of Belize.
We wish her the very best in all her future career endeavors, good health, and time to enjoy her two beautiful daughters as well as the things she enjoys doing most such as music, dancing, reading, and traveling to Belize.