Colville Young

Governor-General of Belize Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George Manuel Esquivel

Sir Colville Norbert Young

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Colville Young in 2013
2nd Governor-General of Belize
Assumed office
17 November 1993
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterManuel Esquivel
Said Musa
Dean Barrow
Preceded byElmira Minita Gordon
Personal details
Born (1932-11-20) 20 November 1932 (age 87)
Belize City, Belize
(formerly British Honduras)
Alma materSt. Michael's College (Belize)
University of the West Indies
University of York
Viceregal styles of
Sir Colville Young
Flag of the Governor-General of Belize.svg
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Sir Colville Norbert Young GCMG MBE (born 20 November 1932) is the Governor-General of Belize, and also patron of the Scout Association of Belize. He was appointed Governor-General in 1993, taking office on 17 November of that year,[1] and was knighted in 1994.[2]


Sir Colville studied at Belize's St Michael's College (now part of Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) and not to be confused with the institution now known as Maud Williams High School), and earned a BA degree in English from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, prior to his doctorate in linguistics from the University of York in England.[3] Young was a Fulbright Scholar and is a member of the Caribbean Teachers of English Association and the Society for Caribbean Linguistics.[4]

Activities before becoming Governor-General

In the 1960s Young was a member of the opposition National Independence Party. He ran as the NIP candidate for the British Honduras Legislative Assembly in the Mesopotamia constituency in 1965 and 1969, but was defeated both times by C. L. B. Rogers, the People's United Party incumbent.[5][6]

Along with future Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel, Young was one of the founding members of the Liberal Party, a short-lived pro-business political party which ultimately became a part of the United Democratic Party (UDP). Afterwards Young was interested in seeing Belize's development in academia and education, and after returning from England began trying to advance the nation in that regard. In the late 1980s Young became president of the University College of Belize, one of the five parent institutions of the University of Belize, and was one of its senior lecturers.[3]

He became involved in music, composing all manner of musical pieces from operas to cantatas to others. He published a series of books of and about Belizean literature, including Literature and Education in Belize, Creole Proverbs of Belize, From One Caribbean Corner and Caribbean Corner Calling, the last two containing poems in English and Belize Creole.[citation needed] Of these books, Creole Proverbs is his most recognised. In 1993, just before becoming Governor General, he published a book of short stories called Pataki Full, earning acclaim from the local writing community. His stories have been featured in the Belizean Writers Series in "Snapshots of Belize", and a play Riding Haas in the drama anthology Ping Wing Juk Me, also in the Series.[citation needed]

Governor-General (1993-Incumbent)

Young became the Belizean governor-general shortly after the UDP under Esquivel regained power in the 1993 elections. He is the longest-serving governor-general of all time in the Commonwealth. Young is active in creating and maintaining relations with foreign dignitaries and countries.[7][8] He is also active within the larger community in Belize, specifically in education and teacher training.[9]

In 2017, several fake and unauthorized Facebook profiles were created under the name "Colville Young". Citizens were warned not to interact with the profiles as all communication from the governor is shared by the Government of Belize Press Office.[10]

Family life

Young is married to Lady (Norma) Young, née Trapp, and has three sons and a daughter.[11] He has three siblings.[12]

Commitment to music

Young has a stated interest in promoting the development of Belizean music.[13] Young has actively contributed to efforts in Belizean schools to maintain music as an educational staple.[12] Young’s son, Colville Young Jr., is the director of the Belize National Youth Symphony. Currently Colville Young is working with founders of the Belize Virtuosi Orchestra, Joel Nagel and Peter Illavsky,[14] to raise funds to build a chamber orchestra auditorium in Belize.[15] Young established the Governor General’s Music in the Schools Programme which works with partner abroad to expand music in schools and access to musical instruments.[16]

See also


  1. ^ "BELIZE". World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. ^ Johnson, Lisa. "His Excellency Sir Colville Young Governor General of Belize". The Pelican (1: July –Dec 2006). Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b East, Roger; Thomas, Richard (2003). Profiles of people in power: the world's government leaders. Routledge. pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-1-85743-126-1.
  4. ^ "Government House Antigua & Barbuda". www.governmenthouseab.org. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. ^ General Elections 1965, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  6. ^ General Elections 1969, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  7. ^ Administrator. "Belize prepares to receive Taiwanese President - The Guardian Newspaper". www.guardian.bz. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize, Leads a Delegation to Visit the Republic of China". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) 中華民國外交部 - 全球資訊網英文網. 6 May 2015. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Governor General Sir Colville Young holds workshop at SPHS, Belize News, San Pedro Sun". www.sanpedrosun.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Governor General warns of fake profiles". Belize News and Opinion on www.breakingbelizenews.com. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ Brill Online, International Year Book and Statesmen's Who's Who, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ a b "Governor General of Belize | Belize's Most Visited Home Page". www.mybelize.net. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Governor General honors local musicians and donates musical instruments to SPRCS". San Pedro Sun. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  14. ^ "News". Belize Virtuosi String Orchestra. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Joel Nagel and Peter Illavsky Collaborate to Create the Belize Virtuosi String Orchestra - Finally Good News". Finally Good News. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Governor General receives donation of musical instruments". Belize News and Opinion on www.breakingbelizenews.com. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2018.