BELIZE CITY, Wed. Apr. 21, 2021– Earlier this month we reported that the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, had sent his official letter of resignation to the Prime Minister. He is scheduled to formally step down from this esteemed post on April 30.
Speculation concerning the identity of the person who would be filling the vacant Governor General seat has also finally come to an end. Froyla Tzalam, a well-known force of nature in the indigenous community and wider Belizean society, has been recommended for the high office by Prime Minister John Briceño.
Tzalam is no stranger to the Belizean public, so it’s no surprise that her recommendation was met with wide acceptance and delight on social media.
Tzalam has worked tirelessly to promote and preserve Maya culture in the communities in which she works. She has served as the Executive Director of the Sartstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and most recently as the Managing Director of Tumul K’in Center of Learning.
Besides this, she has worked on various literary pursuits, writing a grammar book on the Mopan Maya dialect and several articles highlighting culture and identity. She was the co-director of the African and Mayan History Project and co-author of New Vision, a book on African and Mayan civilization.
Ms. Froyla Tzalam is originally from San Antonio, Toledo, and is a Mopan Maya woman. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Rural Development.
She is expected to ascend to the office of Governor-General by month’s end.