Lorenzo Adrian Aldana (born November 4, 1972), grandson of Jesus and Tomasa Cantun (chiclero and milpero), and of Lorenzo and Juanita Aldana (chiclero and milpero). Son of Pedro (mechanic) and Rosita Aldana (seamstress) both of whom studied by correspondence. He was born in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk District and as a Catholic, he attended La Inmaculada R.C. School. In 1986, his family moved to Belize City where he attended St. John’s College High School. In 1990 and in pursuit of his passion, he transferred to Belize Technical College, where he excelled in the Building & Civil Engineering Applied Science Programme and the City & Guilds of Lindon Institute Examinations. After a brief time in the surveying field, he opted in joining the Belize Defense Force (BDF), another passion that would finish molding him into what he is today. While in the BDF, he trained at the Colonel Ulrhic Pilgrim Officer Cadet School in Guyana, earning second place in the course.
In 1998, he resigned as a Lieutenant returning to the Engineering Survey field where he successfully held many positions as – site supervisor, Assistant Survey Technician, Senior Survey Technician, and Chief Surveyor at Adolphh Lupp GmBH. Throughout, he gained the respect and admiration of his superiors for his diligence. During 2004-2010, he relocated to Laney College in Oakland, CA, USA, to further his studies. In the process, he obtained two more Associate Degrees in Science and Liberal Arts. He then transferred to California State University, Fresno, USA in the Geomatics Engineering Department. Lamentably, he could not get the finance to continue his education and returned to Laney College in January 2009. Eventually, he returned to Belize but still not giving up the idea that one day he will have the privilege.
Despite the struggles of life, at a young age, he managed to cope with the temporary separation of his family, he learnt how to tackle racism, improve his speech dramatically, writing skills, dominate the English Language, lift up his self-esteem and today, learning how to cope with victimization, unemployment, and a bleakly economy that surrounds the country. Those stumbling blocks taught him how to persevere; and from his parents and teachers, he learnt to have a heart for service.
Belize needs more than ever, visionary, selfless, honest leaders. Thus, he is offering himself for national service as a Standard Bearer for the Orange Walk East Constituency. He feels privileged to carry on his high school’s motto, “men for others.”