The Governor General

SIR COLVILLE NORBERT YOUNG (GCMG, MBE)

Governor General of Belize

Sir Colville was born on November 20, 1932. His education went from St. Michael’s College in Belize City, 1945-1950, a First Class Teachers’ Certificate in 1955, to attendance at the University of the West Indies from 1958-1961 where he earned a Bachelor’s degree with honours in English. His highest academic award came when he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Linguistics from York University in 1971, his thesis being “Belize Creole, a study of the Creolized English spoken in Belize in its cultural and social setting”. He became the first Belizean to be awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in 1992. Sir Colville has always been creative, contributing largely to Belize’s culture as composer, arranger, conductor, author and performing artist. His musical repertoire extends to some forty songs which combine the classical with the Creole. He is credited with being a founding member of Belize’s first steel band, and his music continues to be an integral part of Christmas concerts. With a stated interest in promoting the development of Belizean music, Sir Colville has been active in facilitating instruments to create school bands.

Sir Colville Young has served as Belize’s Governor General since 1993.

Educational career

  • Principal, St. Michael’s College, 1974-1976
  • Lecturer in English and General Studies, Belize Technical College, 1976-1986
  • First President of the University College of Belize, 1986-1990
  • Lecturer, University College of Belize, 1990-1993

Awards

  • 1985, Justice of the Peace
  • 1986, Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • 1987, Outstanding Teachers Award, Anglican Cathedral College
  • 1988, Prime Minister’s citation for contribution to Belizean culture
  • 1994, Knight of the Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George (GCMG)

Publications

  • “Literature and Education in Belize”
  • “Creole Proverbs of Belize”
  • “From One Caribbean Corner”
  • “Caribbean Corner Calling”
  • “Pataki Full”

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