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Aug 2, 2017

Dianne Finnegan is U.S. Embassy’s “Wonder Woman”

Dianne Finnegan

The United States Embassy recognizes youth advocate Diane Finnegan as Wonder Woman for the month of August.  As coordinator for the Youth Apprenticeship Program and wife of U.D.P. politician Michael Finnegan, she has dedicated her life to helping at-risk youths.  Most recently, she has been instrumental in bringing rival Belize City gangs together to broker a truce.  That peace treaty, despite the apparent hostility with the Belize Police Department, still stands several months after it was struck in April.  This evening, we caught up with Finnegan at the Queen Street Police Station.

 

Dianne Finnegan, Wonder Woman 2017

“That took me by surprise because with this kind of work I don’t think you have the time to really pause to think about what you do.  It’s that kind of task that just demands action.  You’re called upon, you’re needed and you just do what you have to do.  So I’m grateful and I’m humbled with the recognition by the U.S. Embassy, I think it is one of the most prestigious recognition for them to recognize the work that you’re doing to improve society and to make a positive difference in our young people.  We’re such a small group that we work as a team.  We count on each other in order to accomplish the things that we need to get done.  So it’s not about staff and boss, it’s just a team and so they were really overexcited about when I call them and showed them what was being said and of course, I made it clear that I could not do half the things that I’ve done and continued to do without their support.  My family, of course, their support for everything that I do is crucial.  If you don’t have that support from your family you tend to kind of get discouraged along the way because you’re being tossed or pulled at two angles, family and your career choice.  Fortunately for me, I have the support of my family.”

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1 Response for “Dianne Finnegan is U.S. Embassy’s “Wonder Woman””

  1. Marwaione says:

    Good for you, if we can continue to have communication with the gangs, and stop senseless killing. Help out youths with sports and jobs.

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