Welcome to the November edition of the newsletter! As always, there is so many good things to share with you about our Jewel!

Many Belizeans residing in the US will be partaking in the Thanksgiving celebrations this week. Indeed, we all have so much to be grateful for. Whether it is because we enjoy good health, a loving family or a steady job, let us be grateful for the blessings (big or small) bestowed to us from above. On behalf of the staff at the Consulate of Belize in Florida, we wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

In this edition you may learn about the recent agreement between Belize and Taiwan to strengthen the medical imaging services in Belize. Reflect on the message for Children’s Day by the Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow or discover who were the winners of the 14th Belize International Film Festival and read more about the Corozal-Sarteneja Road project, and the special sitting of the Children’s Parliament. Read about the victory of Belize as Sub-Champion of the U18 Central American Female Volleyball Championship! Also, learn about what made Belizean-born Freda Sideroff become the “Star of the Month”.

In this section, we report on the 50th Consular Corps Anniversary Symposium that took place in Washington, DC. Check out, “What’s Trending,” regarding the participation of Belize INVEST in the International Tourism and Investment Conference in London and watch the video of the interview with KTLA 5 News and Destinee Arnold. Don’t miss seeing the lively pictures of the celebrations and events that took place on Garifuna Settlement Day.

As always, we are happy to share with you the Ambassador of Belize in Washington, DC, H.E. Daniel Gutierez’s message under “Ambassador’s Desk.” This month, Ambassador Guitierez takes the opportunity to wish us all a Happy Thanksgiving!

While so many homes will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin pies this season, in Belize, we use pumpkin in some other creative ways such as “Pumpkin Sweet” also known as “Dulce de Calabaza”, a scrumptious Belizean dessert that is made with cinnamon and other spices and served with cream or (evaporated milk) or vanilla ice-cream! Enjoy!

And lastly, check out the section Upcoming Events to find out more about “Toy Drive Holiday Party”, “End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon”, “Belize Krismus Brukdong Festival” and much more.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit the Consulate's office nor are familiar with the services that we offer, you may visit our website at www.belizeconsulatefla.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to receive updates about Belize, the Consulate and upcoming events.

As we update our database, and in order to serve you better, the Consulate of Belize in Florida continues to conduct phone calls to its constituents to confirm each's contact information. We appreciate your cooperation and support in sharing your contact information, so that you and your family can continue to be informed about services offered by the Consulate as well as get updates on Belize.

If you are aware of a Belizean residing in the United States who is making a positive impact on the lives of others while contributing to their native country, please submit their story to us so that we may feature them in our newsletter. Perhaps the Star of the Month for December could even be you!

Enjoy and share with your friends!
And remember, it is good to be Belizean!