Special Envoy’s Wonder Woman of the Week is Social Welfare Officer Santee Sandiford

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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2022. 10:06 a.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma González: Special Envoy for Family and Child Development, Rossana Briceno showcases exceptional Belizean women who are making a difference in Belize every week.

This week’s article is about Social Welfare Officer, Sarbree Sandiford.

Sandiford is a driven, determined and outgoing young professional, whose belief that “to serve others is to serve God” has guided her both personally and professionally.

Santee has been actively involved in community development efforts since she was a teenager.

She has raised funds for worthy causes, tutored underprivileged children, volunteered at children’s homes and homes for the aged, and participated in and led youth groups. His contribution has benefited children, the environment and families.

As a professional, this “service to others” was reflected in her career choices.

Santee notes that the highlight of her career has been her roles as Program Coordinator at the Love Foundation and in the Office of the Special Envoy for Family and Child Development. In the first, she became directly involved in the social and economic development of at-risk youth and young men in conflict with the law.

In the latter, she was responsible for planning and implementing the Bureau’s goals and priorities on gender-based violence and gender equality.

Santee has initiated and delivered sustained results and effective change in the financial, academic and nonprofit sectors, where its strength lies in research, communication for change management, policy development and implementation of projects.

Currently, Santee is a Social Welfare Officer at the Ministry of Human Development, Family and Indigenous Affairs, where she is part of a dynamic and talented team that seeks to strengthen policies and programs to help and protect all Belizeans, especially those considered vulnerable.

Santee holds an MA in International Development from the University of Warwick in the UK, where she studied the use of social capital of vulnerable populations as a poverty reduction strategy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Social Policy from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

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