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Dec 12, 2018

Parliament Observes a Moment of Silence for Miss Jane

The beloved credit union pioneer was also a politician and former parliamentarian.  She had represented the Pickstock Division under the People’s United Party from 1989 to 1993.  Today, the House of Representatives took a moment of silence to remember her as a former member of the National Assembly.  In a rare occasion Prime Minister Dean Barrow found common ground with the Leader of the Opposition to eulogy Miss Jane.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“There ought to be ways in which and things about which the Leader of the Opposition and I can agree.  One such [thing], I am positive, is for us to join in unity in asking if you would permit this house or indeed call upon the house to stand in a moment of silence with respect to the passing of Miss Jane, who was, of course, not just a parliamentarian and a minister of government but indeed an institution.  We talk about Holy Redeemer Credit Union, but she was synonymous with that credit union and I know that there was a time when the assets of HRCU were greater than the assets of Atlantic Bank.  I’m sure that’s not the case any longer, Atlantic Bank has grown.  But the point I am trying to make is that she in fact led that credit union in such a way that it became more powerful than a number of the local commercial banks, local commercial banks with international affiliations that have gone the way of all flesh, but HRCU continues to endure and it is due principally to the outstanding leadership of that outstanding Belizean woman.  We know that she is the sister of our national hero, but in her own right she was a Belizean heroine and I think it is just fit and proper that we mark her passing with a moment of silence.”

 

Miss Jane has been offered an official funeral, which is scheduled for next week Tuesday.

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