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Norman Wood was born in 1935. While he has struggled with his identity, feeling both West Indian and Panamanian, he now identifies himself as Panamanian and works tirelessly for his community and the environment. Norman grew up on a farm in a family with strong moral values and religious convictions. He recalls the time when children entered school praying and exited school praying, and he wishes that the community had maintained this tradition. Though he only completed school through the sixth grade, Norman has served his community in many ways; from working as a fiscal inspector and tax collector, to Governor and Director of Planning. Norman believes in hard work and doing what is best for his community. He is also passionate about saving the environment, and has traveled extensively to do all he can to educate and promote the utilization of items that save the environment and help the economy. In addition to his career, he has also raised five boys and a girl with his wife. Though he vividly recalls the discrimination he grew up with in a classed society, Norman is grateful that blacks have overcome much of this in his country.