Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CAYE CAULKER LOBSTER FEST-MOUTH WATERING LOBSTER DISHES

NEW DATES- SAME CAYE CAULKER LOBSTER FEST!!!




Team members from the Veteran’s Football Team on weekends usually got together and socialized after football games and the idea of forming a football club including friends and families was suggested. The club’s idea materialized and was organized under the captainship and vice captainship of Mr. Porfelio Guzman and Mr. Jerry Badillo Jr., both lobster fishermen of Caye Caulker. As well, most of the team members were fishermen.
So it was these same football club members/fishermen and Mr. Neil Bradley who came up with the idea of celebrating the opening of the lobster season by having a lobster festival.
The management of the team supported the idea and organized the first festival on the last week of July 1994. Ever since, the Lobster Festival was celebrated every year and each year, it became bigger and better organized.
The opening of the Lobster season was changed from July to the month of June, hence the change of the festival dates.
The Festival became the biggest event celebrated on the Island. The Caye Caulker Village Council and the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School joined forces along with the Veteran’s Football Club to make it the Caye’s number one event that attracts Belizeans and tourists alike.
The income generated from the festival was shared with the Village Council and the school for the betterment of the beautiful island. Today, under new management, Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is still the number one event celebrated on Caye Caulker and has attracted international attention from many countries.
This year is set to be our 16th Annual Caye Caulker Lobster Fest to be held on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of June 2010. The event is anticipated to be one of the biggest Lobster Fests ever yet with entertainment all the way from Miami, Florida, as well as local Belizean entertainment.
The Festival kicks off Friday the 25th with the crowing of Miss Lobster Fest 2010 and lasts until Sunday 27th with an all day beach party and the closing of the festival.
Highlights and each and every year include our Grand Opening Ceremonies held on Saturday the 26th, displays of live Lobsters, weighing of the biggest Lobster brought in by our local fishermen, the main dance event hosted on Saturday night, and of course all sorts of delicious and mouth watering Lobster dishes. The atmosphere at Lobster Fest is always a festive one with fun activities and enjoyment for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest member of the family.
The Lobster Fest Committee takes this opportunity to invite one and all to be a part of the experience and join in the 16th Annual Caye Caulker Lobster Fest. There will be lots of food, fun and music for the entire family. Come on out and have a blast! See you there! If not, catch live highlights on KREM Radio, the foundation radio station of Caye Caulker Lobster Fest, on Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days.
Please note that the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest was postponed for  July 10th & 11th, 2010 due to the passage of Tropical Storm Alex. 




Written by the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee


AMAZING BELIZE: CARA BLANCA OF THE MAYA UNDERWORLD





June 30, 2010—Diving into natural pools in Belize in the quest for offerings from the ancient Maya, explorers found what's believed to be the country's first recorded fossilized remains. In the course of the expedition, one diver "disappeared" into the pool's floor.

Friday, June 25, 2010

GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE CROOKED TREE VILLAGE SCHOOL

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On Wednesday, June 23, fifteen students graduated from Crooked Tree Village Primary School. Mr. John Gillett II was the guest speaker. Mr. Gillett told the graduates that there are great possibilities for their future, but they must remember to be determined, and study hard in order to excel. Mrs.Verla Jex, Principal, and E. Jahmoor Lopez, Local Manager for Primary Schools also had praise for the graduates and words of wisdom. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Ms. Janine Tillett, and Anna Gillett presented the diploma.
Mr. John Gillett II 

Mr. E. Jahmoor Lopez-Local Manager for Primary Schools
Janine Tillett-Mistress of Ceremonies
Diploma Presentation by AnnaMarie Gillett 
Daniella Lightburn delivered the Valedictory address. The other top students for the 2009-2010 graduating class were Jaaziniah Wade, Jasmine Lauriano and Jessica Gillett.

Nine students received scholarships that will allow them to attend high school. Three of the scholarships were funded through a very generous donation from Mr. John Gillett to Jaaiziniah Wade, Zipphorah Taylor, and Starlee Gillett. Daniella Lightburn was sponsored by the Belize Audubon Society, Micha Flores by Lloyd Allen Scholarship Foundation, Ragee Gillett by Linda Elul, Roshanie Tillett by L & R Imports and a book grant to Jasmine Lauriano from the Belize Audubon. All students were given a BZ$500.00 four year scholarship towards books and tuition. Representatives from the sponsors were on hand to meet the graduates and to present the scholarships.
Valedictorian-Daniella Lightburn
Jessica Gillett- Top Student
Jasmine Lauriano-Top Student
Jaaziniah Wade-Top Student
 The graduation ceremony included tributes to the Class of 2010 in music, songs and dance by the children in each class at the Crooked Tree Village School. Prizes and certificates were awarded to the top ten students in the school.

At the conclusion of the festivities, all the children of Crooked Tree School and their families were treated to cakes and refreshments, provided by parents of Crooked Tree Village.




Two students are awaiting a decision for scholarships from the Belize Social Security and National Sports Council.

If anyone would like to sponsor a child for high school for this year or next year, please contact: 
Verla Jex, Principal
Crooked Tree Village School, Crooked Tree Village, Belize, C.A.

Congratulations to all the graduates!!


Music by the Recorder Team

Address to the Graduating Class of Crooked Tree School by John Gillett II

Mr. E. Jahmoor Lopez (Local Manager for Primary Schools), Mr. George Guest (Chairman Crooked Tree Village Council), other distinguished guests, parents, teachers, family and friends of the graduates, and you the graduates, a very pleasant good morning.


I am honored to speak to you on this very important day. Being here brought back many great memories to me. I see some familiar faces and while some students may have seen me around the village and a few know me personally, for those who do not, I was once a student of this school and also completed my primary school education right here at the Crooked Tree Government School. 


My primary school experience was remarkable and indeed a memorable one.  In those days there were no pre-school and my mother sent me to school at the age of three to the beginner’s class, which normally accepted children from ages 4-5 years old.  Many days the teacher would send me back home because I was too young, but because of crying to go back to school, my mom would send me again and my teacher would just send me back home again. It was a back and forth situation until my teacher realized that he could not keep me away, so he finally decided to accept me in the class.  I stayed in Infant II for only one day and was promoted to Standard I. I can recall doing a problem three times, getting the same answer on all occasions, being lashed on two occasions only to learn that it was correct all the time. 


Maybe that prompted me to be determined and studied hard. I was in Standard VI (middle school) at the tender age of 10, but was too young to sit the Scholarship examination at that time. I had to stay in Standard VI for an additional year, until I was old enough to take the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination and the scholarship examination, of which I passed both.    


Back in those days, much more than it is today, there were hardships for everyone and unless a student was talented enough to pass the scholarship examination, their schooldays would be more or less over, unless they choose to take up the teaching career which was also so limited. To tell you how few opportunities existed, out of a class of 26, only 4 of us passed the scholarship examination and moved on, as our parents could not afford to send us to high school without any assistance. 


For those who did not move on, the other avenues would include taking up the role as a farmer or wait until you reached the age of 18 yrs and join the Belize Police Force, in the case of a male. 

In addition we also had our chores to do at home. For my brother and me, it ranged from getting up in the morning at 5:00 am, milking up to a dozen cows, beating rice and then fetching water for the home. In the evenings it would be shelling corn for the animals, feeding them and cutting firewood, then study.  To top it all off on Saturdays we would have to go to the farm to help my dad, and then church on Sundays before we could call it a week. It was tough but if I had to live life all over again I would not want to change my past.  It has taught me to trust in God, lean on his divine love and appreciate his guidance through our parents, teachers and fellow brothers and sisters of this community.
 
The memories of this school are not limited to studying alone but we also had fun, and great fun I must add. From playing cricket, football, track and field, top, marbles and of course the excitements of Friday evenings fights - when someone did you wrong in the week and a bout was set for Friday evenings. Taking the school teams on trips were events to look forward to, as we traveled to places like Lemonal and Rancho Dolores in a boat and barge for hours. When this school had to go to the Rogers Stadium and defend its title in the Primary School Softball competition, in those days it would take three days and requires much preparation. Today, we can return home on the same day.  


I personally want to applaud the principal, teachers and students for bringing back the honors to the Crooked Tree Government School and to the village. You need to be applauded and be recognized for the outstanding accomplishments.


Let us take a moment to congratulate our students - You have made us all proud of you. 
Now let us look to the future of the 2010 Graduating Class of the Crooked Tree Government School as you embrace the way forward. This institution has prepared you firmly to face the many challenges that will certainly come your way. Similarly as in the construction of a house, a proper foundation is needed. I know that this school has prepared a solid foundation beneath you; a foundation where you can emphatically and impartially embrace your future and make our nation proud of the men and women you will become tomorrow.  


This is evident by the encouraging results this school has been achieving in the PSE over the last few years. From the very disappointing result of 13% pass-rate back in 1998 to the exceptional performance of 100% passes in three consecutive years in 2005/6/7 and now again in 2010 speaks significantly for the high standard of education that this institution offers. This school ranked 7th in the Belize District out of 65 schools and 17th out of the 282 schools countrywide, with 92% being the highest PSE result in the village.


Again, we must applaud the principal and teachers of this school that made it possible, with the cooperation of you the parents and by all means the students. 


Many people in prestigious positions of this country today share the same values of quality primary education right here at this school. Many years from now I know some of you will continue to make this school a shining example in Belize by holding key positions and contributing significantly to our nation’s continuous growth and development. 


As you sit in front of me today, I know what many of you are thinking about at the moment: There are those who are already pondering about what high school life will be like; those who are debating which high school must they attend or if they made the right choice; some simply want to get out of here, but let’s not make haste; the future depends on what you do in the present. 


As a little boy right here in this school, we had to memorize many things, and one of the things that I learn here and continue to be guided by it in my life and I quote:
There are four things that cannot come back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunities. 


If I may just comment on each a little, when you say something, be careful of what you say, who you say it to and often remember to ask yourself the question, “is what I am saying fair or in my best interest?” Whatever you have said cannot be unsaid and some people may distort what you have said and may place you in an uncomfortable position.  Be quick to listen, slow to speak and this will take you a long way in life. 


Secondly, when you do something, think before you do it; examine the positives and the negatives, the consequences before doing what you set out to do. If what you do hits the target you may rejoice, if it does not it could come back to haunt you and others for the rest of your lives. Be careful! Use the golden rule: Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. 


Thirdly, we only have one life to live, so live it in a way that is productive, exemplifying one without limits and one without regrets. None of us here knows the length of our days that we will live, but at the end of our days aim to be able to prove that you have fought a good fight, you have finished the course and you have kept the faith as you await your crown of righteousness that is laid up for you. 


Fourthly and so very importantly are the neglected opportunities. Today you are at that point in your lives where you have so many opportunities. If you neglect the opportunities today most likely they will not come back, but the consequences of such neglected opportunities may come back to haunt you. You are at that point in your lives when some of you may be inclined to have your own way, heeding very little advice from others. Don’t do that, listen to the sound advises, analyze them and make the best decision for yourself. Life is not a sprint but a period that can be a long journey for many of us and we all need guidance and opportunities in our lives. For some it may come in one form while for others in many different ways.
 
Accomplishing an education prepares and guides us towards a successful life. In our society today, it’s not easy, but you can make a difference by the choices you make. I am aware of what you are going through today as I was once a student. I too experienced the hardships that come with getting a good education. A good education aims at nurturing the mind, fostering individuality and developing one’s personality. It is the result of many elements that when combined, produce an individual who is ready to take on the world, and not just to exist within it. It takes hard work and determination to accomplish certain goals in life. Keep in mind that great things in life are not easily achieved, and it may take many sleepless nights in order to achieve life’s fruitful goals.


The society today demands productivity from everyone; as the young people of the nation, you are the future of this beautiful country of ours. With that in mind, I would like to say that the future is now for each and every one of you.  Now is the time that you as students can contribute to the society by doing your best in whatever endeavors you choose.  All you have to do is to set your minds towards what you want to accomplish, remain focus, work hard for it and I am 100% positive that you will succeed.  I therefore encourage you to make use of, and cherish every moment in whatever field you choose. All of you have different gifts and you need to identify your gifts in this life and build your world around it. Do not think that all of you have to be academically educated. Education is getting to know thoroughly the field that you so chose to venture into, whether it is being a Farmer, a Musician, a Teacher, a Politician ,a Banker, a Manager, a Doctor or whichever field. Never think that all of you have to take on the same career in this life, but whatever career you choose, do it to the very best that you can.


Just the same way our body is comprised of many parts, life must consist of many players to meet our everyday needs in order to have a sustainable world. 


Employers are now very fortunate in that they can select from among trained people, whereby the amount of training required in getting new employees up to the required standard is minimal. Trained employees learn much faster, they are usually disciplined, and they will climb up the corporate ladder faster than those who are not trained. As a matter of fact, employers are rarely hiring anyone with just a primary school education or even if they do, you have to be content with the very basic or laboring jobs. I would like to stress here that those employers, although looking for qualified people to hire; also require people with the right attitude towards work and the organization. In my experience I have seen people with very good qualifications and skills but their attitude prevents them from advancing in the corporation. They then get frustrated, blame everyone except themselves, and eventually find themselves out of the organization. We need to develop positive attitudes, equally as getting a good education. The older folks use to say that manners and respect for others get you through this life, take their advice.  Strive to be punctual and aim to reduce absenteeism to the very minimum when you enter the workforce and be productive as employers are continually ensuring that these characteristics are visible and maintained by workers.


As students, employees or entrepreneurs and even in your personal life, you will face certain challenges as we all do, but remember your hard work will pay off in the end. I encourage you to perform to the best of your abilities not just to get a good education, but to accomplish feats that let you learn new things daily. I stress that whatever you learn and how you utilize that knowledge will be crucial in determining how you embrace and receive what the future holds for you. It might take a while for you to stand up on your feet, after you have completed your formal education and have entered the workforce, but don’t give up because there are always opportunities that await you. Be patient and always have faith in yourself because while there is a will, there will be a way.


It is phenomenal to see such bright students and success in this institution.  Don’t let this chance pass you by; you have the opportunity to take full advantage of it.  


Get a quality education and let it teach you the values and morals of being a role model in our society.  In getting such an education, never forget that we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us, but we need to trust in him with all our heart and lean not on our own understandings, and in all our ways acknowledge him and he shall direct our paths. 


In closing, you’ll never know what a great difference a little encouragement can do for a person and today I encourage you to make maximum use of the foundation that the Crooked Tree Government School has laid for you.  You will make your institution, your teachers and parents proud who have sacrificed so much for you and most importantly - your future secure. 


The sky is the limit, reach for it, always keep on striving for excellence and enjoy your graduation day. 


Thank you,  John Gillett II

Photos by Becky Crawford and Winnie Gillett

METEOROLOGISTS MONITORING TROPICAL SYSTEM NEAR BELIZE


Press Release - NEMO - June 25th, 2010 - The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) warns the public of an area of disturbed weather, Invest 93, off the Honduras/Nicaragua border moving on a West North Westerly track. This system has the potential for development as it enters more favorable conditions existing to the East of Belize.

Presently the National Met Service predicts a 70% chance of the system developing into a Tropical Depression offshore Belize as it moves toward the Yucatan Peninsula during Saturday and Sunday.

The public is being advised to be aware of the increased likelihood of further deteriorating weather conditions as this system nears our starting later today and over the weekend.

The NEMO advises the public to be prepared for increased rainfall, potential flooding and unfavorable sea conditions. All those persons along the coast and people traveling to the cayes need to pay particular attention to sea conditions.

The public is further advised to listen to their local radio and television stations for further advisories from the NEMO and the National Met Service. - End-

The general public is advised to please monitor services for tropical storm warning. Tune in to your local radio station: KREM FM, The Reef Radio (92.3FM) and Love FM (98.1FM)


San Pedro residents are advised to be on the alert for tropical storm weather!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BELIZE PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT MIAMI-FLORIDA


The prime minister of Belize, Dean O. Barrow, a University of Miami law school graduate, will make his first official visit to South Florida from June 25 to 27.

The trip seeks to bring Barrow closer to South Florida's Belizean community in an effort to foster investment and business opportunities.

The visit coincides with a weekend series of events that include an investment trade show in Miami Beach, a dinner gala and public forum.

On June 25, Barrow will visit his alma mater -- the University Of Miami School Of Law where he will receive a tour of the Coral Gables campus and meet with university officials.

For more information on Barrow's visit, contact Janine Sylvestre at 305-755-0276 or visit www.belizepmvisit.com.
-- 
Trenton Daniel-Miami Herald

Sunday, June 20, 2010

FATHER'S DAY AT 100

Winston Nathaniel Crawford 1924-2002

Today is Fathers's Day, and I would like to remember my dad, Winston Nathaniel Crawford. He was a very hard working dad who did whatever it took to care for his very large family. He was kind, wise, and a stern disciplinarian who instilled in us the values of compassion and hard work. Dad was also a great story teller who spent many nights weaving varied tales of Belizean Folklore like that of "Tata Duhende" and ghost stories that would send shivers down our spine.  Greatly missed by all his children and grand-children!!!




Father's Day at 100: How It Began, Why Dads Gets Fewer Gifts 
As Father's Day hits its first centennial today, sons and daughters around the world are expected to open their wallets wider-slightly- in celebration. Because of the slowly recovering global economy, people are expected to spend about 4 percent more than in 2009 on cards, ties, tools, clothes and other Father's Day gifts. But the first Father's Day, a hundred years ago, was decidedly humbler and refreshingly non commercial.  

Father's Day was only officially made a national holiday in the U.S. in 1972, when President Richard Nixon declared it to be the third Sunday of June. But the holiday actually traces its origins to early 20th-century Washington State.

Inspired by a Mother's Day sermon she heard at church in 1909, Spokane resident Sonora Smart-Dodd—one of six children being raised by a single dad—also wanted to honor her father. She encouraged local churches to institute the first Father's Day observance the following year, and the idea caught on. Psychology lecturer Nicole Gilbert Cote at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, who researches Father's Day phenomena, noted that U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1994 launched a gender neutral "Parent's Day" on the last Sunday in July.

"Ultimately, Parent's Day did not take off as people had probably hoped and expected," she said. "And that makes perfect sense to me, because Mother's Day and Father's Day have such commercial appeal."

Some are taking special steps to celebrate the Father's Day centennial. The Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, which is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Spokane, brewed a special Papa's Pale Ale for the occasion, for example.

George Stromberg, the brewing company's president, told the Spokesman Review that the local visitor’s bureau put him up to the Father's Day task. "They thought there was a natural connection between dads and beer."


Shortchanged on Father's Day
Even though fathers will likely receive more this year, they'll still stay way behind moms, according to the National Retail Federation, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group. For instance, in 2009, Father's Day cost individual consumers an average of $90.89, while Mother's Day spending was $123.89.

The retail group expects gift givers to spend an average of $94.32 on Father's Day today. For moms, shoppers shelled out an average of $126.90.

"Dad is a little more laid-back and easier to shop for," said federation spokesperson Kathy Grannis. "His gifts usually range from a simple tie for work to a new spatula for the grill, all of which can make dad very happy."


Mother's Day gifts tend to be more luxurious than Father's Day presents—jewels, flowers, a trip to the spa, or dinner at a restaurant, for example.

Easy to Please on Father's Day
Still, the smiles are likely genuine when millions of fathers across the U.S. open boxes, peel back tissue paper, and admire their new neckties—still among the most popular Father's Day gifts—said Gilbert Cote, the psychology lecturer.

Her research shows that even though dads get less attention on Father's Day than moms do on Mother's Day, fathers are more likely to be satisfied on their holiday. 

Part of the reason seems to be that moms expect to be relieved of stereotypical chores such as cooking and cleaning up on Mother's Day, but that doesn't always happen.

"The bar is lower, and Dad is OK with that," Gilbert Cote said, adding that the way families—even those that espouse egalitarian ideals—celebrate the two holidays reinforces such stereotypes.

Father's Day 2010 Is in the Cards
The most popular gift for Dad—and often the only one he'll get—is a Father's Day card. All told, an estimated 93 million cards are exchanged on Father's Day, according to the Hallmark card company.
This makes Father's Day the fourth largest card-sending holiday in the U.S., behind Mother's Day (141 million), Valentine's Day (152 million), and Christmas (1.8 billion). In total, according to the retail federation, people will ring up about $749 million in cards for this year's Father's Day.

Fifty percent of Father's Day cards are purchased for dads and another 15 percent for husbands. The remaining fall into a broad "other" category, which includes grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, and other loved ones, according to Deidre Mize, a Hallmark spokesperson.

"It might be someone who served in a father role," she said. "Or it could be a stepdad." 

Despite all the cards given on Father's Day, Hallmark didn't have anything to do with the origins of the holiday, Mize added.

Hallmark, she said, didn't start printing Father's Day cards until the 1920s.



Source: John Roach

June 20, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

CROOKED TREE VILLAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADUATION EXERCISES 2010

(L-R) Zipporah Taylor, Roshanie Tillett, Kristy Ortega, Jessica Gillett, Jasmine Lauriano, Glorisha Taylor, Daniella Lightburn, Iris Micha Flores, Zane Tillett, Starlee Gillett, Tromeisha Tillett. Front Row (L-R) Ragee Gillett and Errol Rhaburn, Jaaziniah Wade (not pictured)

STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE!
The Crooked Tree Village Primary School, in conjunction with the guidelines of the Ministry of Education is proud to announce the graduation of fourteen students of Standard Six on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 10:00am.We are confident that we have prepared each child to face the challenges of high school and we know that they will continue to be successful. Remember to make the best decisions, continue to set goals, and always do your personal best. We at the Crooked Tree Village School are proud of each of you and we look forward to hearing about your future journey.





A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL, VERLA JEX
On behalf of the staff, students and parents of the children of the Crooked Tree Primary School I would like to congratulate all of you for having successfully completed your primary school education. You have once again brought recognition to our school by attaining 100% passes in the PSE. Our school now ranks 7th out of 65 schools in the Belize District and 17th out of 282 in the country. This shows that even though we are a small remote school, if we work hard and believe in ourselves, anything is possible. 

I congratulate all of you especially the top four students who received A’s. Of special mention is Daniella Lightburn who scored 99% on Math and Jaaziniah Wade who scored 98% even though over 3000 students failed the Math Exam. Words cannot express how gratified and proud I am of all 14 of you.  Remember, your education is threefold. It requires total commitment from you, your family and our school. Our report card is exemplary and we hope that you take this with you to high school.  A formal education is very important in our changing world, but diligence and hard work are equally essential. Your teachers   have helped each of you to acquire the knowledge, skills and values that will carry you through in the world today. You are now headed to high school, and this is a time for you to set new goals and discover new challenges. It is now your responsibility to use what you have learned here to improve your life, your community, your country and the world at large. Many people are optimistic and excited; they have expressed a desire to help you in the next step, do not let them down.

Always keep in mind what your graduation song says, you have to” Keep Climbing.” Remember, how you behave determines what you will become in life. You have already proven that you have the courage to face a new challenge. When we meet again, I want to be proud of each and every one of you!! Never forget our motto: Striving for excellence!!

Best wishes for a bright future!
Daniella Lightburn-Valedictorian 99% in Math on PSE
Jaaziniah Wade 98% in Math on PSE
Jasmine Lauriano 88% in Math on PSE


Jessica Gillett 82% in Math on PSE
Daniella Lightburn and Jaaziniah Wade are the top PSE scorers, with 368 points out of a possible 400. The Primary School Examination (PSE) is a two-part standardized exam given to students to assess their achievement of curriculum content and skills in the areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science of the National Primary School Curriculum. A release by the Ministry of Education states that “the examination seeks not to rank students in comparison to other students, but to report what each student has achieved for individual skills.”
                   Introduction of Guest Speaker:John Gillett II

John Gillett II was born in Crooked Tree Village to parents John and Zillah Gillett and attended The Crooked Tree Village Government School. In 1966 he passed his scholarship examination and attended high school and sixth form at the Belize Technical College. In 1973 after completing his sixth form education at the college, he obtained a scholarship from the Belize Sugar Industries Ltd where he went on to earn his higher national diploma in chemistry at the East Ham College of Technology in the United Kingdom. Later on he successfully completed a course in Sugar Technology at the Nichols State University in Louisiana. More recently he completed a course in Sugar Refining and Management in Swaziland and Southern Africa, as well as many other related courses in other parts of the world.


Mr. Gillett returned from London to Belize in 1976 where he continued his employment with BSI as the Factory Chemist and was later promoted to the post of Production Superintendent. He is currently the Factory Manager of the Belize Sugar Industries Ltd, where he has held that Position for the past four years.  Mr. Gillett still maintains a resident in Crooked Tree Village and visits his ranch on a weekly basis, where he's able to relax with the cattle and horses he enjoys.

He is also a great supporter and promoter of the Brilliant Cricket Club of Crooked Tree Village.
Johnny, as he is known by his villagers and friends, believes in hard work and dedication, and remains focused as he aims to better the community.