The people and events which formed the nationalist movement of the 1940’s and 1950’s had a profound and poignant impact on the making of modern Belize. Much has been said and written of several characters of that time period – in particular, George Price and Philip Goldson who continued to make a name for themselves in Belizean politics. But of one unsung hero of that time period – Nicholas Pollard, Sr. whose leadership, oratory, passion, charisma, vision and love for his country and people contributed immensely to the development of modern Belize – the consequent political climate has mired his unselfish sacrifice for his country.
With a Belizean heritage of almost 200 years (his great grandfather was a Frenchman who migrated to Belize in the early 1800’s and became an inspector of police), Nick Pollard was a young visionary during a time of British colonialism – a government rule that restricted the rights, privileges and self-determination of Belizean citizens. In that colonialist backdrop, Pollard saw the plight of the Belizean worker – he witnessed firsthand employees getting fired or not being paid for being sick or getting hurt on the job. Pollard undertook the plight of the Belizean worker and became both a national and international leader in trade unionism. Ironically, his trade union support provided the foundation for the success of the People’s United Party and its leadership – the same party and leadership that worked for his political demise. And while he may not have been rewarded in this life for his contributions to Belize, his living legacy will always bring honor to his country and his name.
The purpose of this website is to bring to light the life and works of Nick Pollard, Sr. for the benefit of Belize – its people and its history.