Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow and his wife Kim Simplis-Barrow at a ceremony at the Bonnie Book Golf Course in Waukegan, IL.
Over the weekend, April 16-18, the prime minister of Belize, Dean Oliver Barrow and his wife Kim Simplis-Barrow made a historic visit to the Mid-Western United States. Accompanying the prime minister from Belize was the Hon. Michael Finnegan; Minister of Housing, and the Hon. Patrick Faber; Minister of Education.
The Prime Minister’s visit began with a welcome reception on Friday evening, April 16th at the American Legion in Morton Grove, attended by a number of local dignitaries, including Belize Ambassador Nestor Mendez.
On Saturday April 17, the prime minister met with Waukegan Mayor Robert Sabonjian and a luncheon was held in his honor at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, which was followed by a question and answer session and a “Black Tie” dinner at the Hanging Gardens Banquet Hall, 8301 W. Belmont Ave., in River Grove at 7 p.m.
The next day, a public forum and performances by Belizeans in greater Chicago area was held at the Hanging Garden Banquet Hall, which was also followed by a question and answer session. Many Belizeans attended this historic event, which was the first visit to Chicago by the prime minister. The forum gave Prime Minister Barrow and the Ambassador of Belize the opportunity to address issues concerning Belizeans living in the US.
Local Belizean Performers
The Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber said that they visited Evanston Township High School where they met with the Principal and other heads of departments at the school. There they discussed math and science and other subjects that would help the students in Belize.
The Prime Minister also met with Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago and Belizeans at the events said part of their discussion centered on support from Mayor Daley on gang violence in Belize.
The prime minister and his party returns to Belize on Monday, April 19, 2010.
All photos by: Alli Crawford