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Belize Covid Community Hero

Commonwealth Point of Light 139. Michele Irving

Michele Irving, representing Belize, is supporting the most vulnerable in her community during the current COVID-19 crisis by coordinating the provision of goods and assistance to the elderly, survivors of gender-based violence and people living with HIV.

Michele Irving

Michele is also working with local NGOs to ensure that access to sexual and reproductive health services is maintained during the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, Michele has been active member of her community for the past 25 years and a long-time supporter of development work for women and girls in her region.

Claire Evans OBE, UK High Commissioner in Belize, said:

“It has given me great pleasure to present this Commonwealth Point of Light award to Michele on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Michele’s active contribution in her community over the last 25 years deserves this praise and recognition alone however her selfless dedication to supporting  the most vulnerable in her community during this unprecedented time of Covid-19 is remarkable. Michele’s enthusiasm, determination and consideration for others is an inspiration and a wonderful role model.”

Michele said:

“It is indeed both humbling and exhilarating to be recognized for what I love to do. My life’s work is rooted in helping others. It is fuel by a sense of equity, equality and justice that is deeply rooted in my love and respect for humanity. ‘A luta continua.’”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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