In attendance was UB staff, members of the NGO community, and the diplomatic corps including Ambassador Benjamin Ho, Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan); Ambassador Carlos Moreno, Embassy of the United States of America; and Ambassador Carlos Quesnel Meléndez, Embassy of Mexico.
President of the University of Belize, Alan Slusher, in his welcome remarks congratulated the UB ERI team on their accomplishments.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Harrison Pilgrim, reaffirmed the commitment of the Board in supporting the work of UB ERI. He also thanked the donor organisations, the Oak Foundation and Fondation Bertarelli for their investment in UB.
The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, assisted Chairman Pilgrim in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony continued with the unveiling of the inaugural plaque by President Slusher in recognition of the kind generosity of the OAK Foundation and Fondation Bertarelli.
Mark Bolland of Fondation Bertarelli expressed their commitment to supporting UB ERI, and also congratulated the team on bringing their vision to fruition.
During the ceremony UB ERI co-founders, Dr. Elma Kay and Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts also took the time to share the Institute’s work and accomplishments over the past 5 years.
A group tour of the Field Station’s facilities led by Station Manager, Nicole Craig, brought the ceremony to a close.
The Staff and Visitor Quarters has increased the Station’s capacity to over 40 persons. Its construction was timely as we have seen increased visitor traffic over the past few years.
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