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Jan 6, 2014

OCEANA names Janelle Chanona as its Belize Vice President

Janelle Chanona

After several months without a country manager, following the resignation of Audrey Matura-Shepherd, OCEANA in Belize has a new vice president.  Former Channel Five reporter and freelancer Janelle Chanona assumed office this morning; her first task is to undertake an overall restructuring of the organization.  While Chanona joins the team at a critical juncture, OCEANA’s efforts to raise awareness on key environmental issues, including an ongoing campaign to ban offshore drilling, as well as gill net fishing in Belize’s waters, remain ongoing.  According to Chanona, she is prepared to rise to the challenges ahead.


Janelle Chanona, Vice President, Oceana in Belize

“It’s a little scary but it’s also very exciting.  I say scary because I know how important it is to manage Belize’s resources and that’s really why I took this job, because I’ve seen it and I want others to see it and I want future generations to see it, perhaps even healthier than it is now.  And that’s a little scary because it’s very important, but exciting because we have a great team and we have great allies and we have a whole network of scientists and attorneys and everybody you can think of behind us.  So big things can happen and will happen in 2014.”


Isani Cayetano

“I understand that Oceana in Belize is currently undergoing restructuring in terms of human resources and what have you.  Can you explain to us what are some of the changes that are taking place?”


Janelle Chanona

“Well actually it’s part of a worldwide initiative.  We have offices on several different continents and I’ts restructuring job descriptions for administrative posts which is why Mr. Neal, sadly, left us last week.  The job has changed and therefore the organization needed to put out a new job description with new requirements and that sort of thing.  I take this opportunity certainly to thank Floyd and Mrs. Audrey and the rest of the team because they certainly established Oceana as a household name, a force to be reckoned with and that’s the incredible foundation that I come in with to build on and building in Belize City, in Belize, you know a good foundation is everything.  So I give them kudos for that.”

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1 Response for “OCEANA names Janelle Chanona as its Belize Vice President”

  1. Belizean says:

    Congratulations, Janelle! You definitely undersold yourself in this interview because you are much more qualified than what is reflected in these news segments. Exciting times ahead at OCEANA!

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