Thanks to all the healthcare workers on the front line during COVID-19,
Juliann (Crissy) Carter came from humble beginnings in the town of Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica. There she developed the knack for hair weaving and quickly mastered the art with her friends and family as beneficiaries of that knowledge and expertise. She was an avid “YouTube” watcher, not just for the music, but for viewing videos related to hair and make-up and quickly transitioned that knowledge into her repertoire. She became so well versed in applying these skills she developed that she had people outside her regular group of friends and family knocking at her door regularly to get their hair and make-up done. Crissy was not satisfied with this as these skills she had learned on YouTube drove her to develop a YouTube page to highlight, advertise, and share this gift she developed on social media. This was the beginning of her moniker “WATCHCRISSYWORK”.
The success gained from that YouTube Channel encouraged Crissy push harder and become a huge success with over 200,000 followers and eventually into the creation of her own makeup line of products which she aptly named “WatchCrissyWork”.
Master Stylist Melvin Foster has been established in the beauty industry for the last twenty years. As a leader in multi-cultural and poly-textural hair care, he specializes in precision cutting and
coloring in order to create chic innovative designs. In 2003, he opened Cutting Images Salon with internationally trained stylists to provide exceptional personalized service to his clients.
A true master of his craft, Melvin Foster developed his own product line “Shea Essence,” which is exclusively used at Cutting Images Salon; and available in salons throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Shea Essence is a natural-based product line designed to combat some of the challenges faced by our multi-
Melvin sits on the Florida Board of Cosmetology and has been recognized for his years of outstanding dedication, commitment
and service to the South Florida community. Giving back to the community by offering free services to the Family Shelter, Camillus House and most recently, working with Gilda’s Club. He also facilitates affordable hair cutting and coloring classes for hair stylists locally and internationally.
He is a Certified Master Colorist with one of the world’s largest color companies, Alfaparf Milano based in Italy. Melvin continues to enhance his knowledge and skills by participating in hair events with top educators throughout the United States and Caribbean. His styles have also been featured in hair books and magazines such as Essence and Black Hair. He is constantly sought out for styling photo shoots, fashion shows and weddings because Melvin Foster knows how to make women more beautiful!
In his spare time, Melvin’s passion for music takes over and his alter ego “DJ Magic Mel” appears. He
plays all genres of music and hosts his own internet-based radio program.
TAJJ COSMETICS WAS FOUNDED IN 2008. We are a rapidly growing company that has evolved from inventing one product, the Incredible Corn Concealer™, to creating a comprehensive line of cosmetics for women of color. In January of 2011, due to the overwhelming response of our customers and to fill the void in the market of products for women of color, we started intensive studies into ethnic skin care and we launched our complete line of makeup, developed by a woman of color for women of color.
Featured on Essence as the top pick beauty product must have. Our product was also nominated by XONECOLE as one of the TOP 6 Black Owned Beauty Brand for women of color. We were also featured in the October 2016 Hype Hair & Beauty Magazine. TAJJ Cosmetics was mentioned in the Huffington Post on a list of comprehensive black-owned makeup and beauty brands which beauty bloggers and vloggers enjoyed. She also shared her input in Flare Magazine, giving her opinion on diversity in the beauty industry and the lack of beauty products for women of color
Mrs. Hillary Johnson Morgan: RN, BSN, CMSN, CWCS, ARNP, is the President and co-founder, along with her husband Horace Morgan, of Mind, Body & Soul Health Ministry Inc, a non-profit organization which has been doing Annual Cataract Missions to Mandeville Hospital (doing at least 300 successful cataract surgeries each visit) and Annual Health Missions to Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, St Ann, for the past eight (8) years. The annual Alexandria Mission also serves the St. Ann’s Bay Infirmary, the Alexandria Community and Orphanages in the parish. The organization has also partnered with The Patel Family Foundation to upgrade, rebuild and refurbish the infrastructure of The Alexandria Hospital.
Hillary is also the CEO of her Family Practice in Brandon, Florida, allowing her to realize her dreams of assisting the less fortunate and those in need of superb healthcare. Her passion of caring for others started at a very early age, having experienced her grandmother ministering to the sick and under-privileged in the district of Alexandria. Hillary then realized that physical well-being was associated with the spiritual, social and mental aspects of humanity, hence her transition into nursing. She has worked as a volunteer, for several church based charitable enterprises in less developed countries, enabling her to observe several healthcare models which have allowed her to see the realities and need for quality improvement.
Joan Seaga-Gonzalez (dubbed Mother Theresa of SF), founder of JURA and Pioneer in the entertainment industry in Jamaica, peace core member and holder of the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Medal of Appreciation award, for the People Profile Humanitarian award 2020.
Joan, at an early age besides going above and beyond for her fellow men, discovered her love for the performing arts but most of all, love of service and love of people, namely her fellow countrymen of Jamaica. Joan started a dance troupe in Kingston, Jamaica and set her sights on taking the troupe to the North Coast (the tourist hub of the island). Little did she know that she would encounter and would have to defend her troupe from the ugly face of Prejudices and the effects of Colonialism. You see, Joan had gone into the heart of the city and recruited talented dancers from the very inner city and deprived backgrounds, most of which looked and bore the features of their African forefathers. At that time, in Jamaica, (Colonialism left its social and cultural stain) businesses were not too keen on hiring persons that looked like Joan’s dancers. Some would hire them but not before first making it clear, that they were to stick to the confines of their quarters (which were typically in the back of the establishment), be seen and not heard and or, request that they stay out of sight as much as possible. As performers, they would not be allowed to fraternize or interact with the guests/customers, and of course, they were never to use the front entrance of any building.
Now Joan, (of Lebanese and Scottish descent) clearly did not get the memo and although she did not bear the resemblance of any of her recruits (and would not herself be subject to such blatant discrimination), she embraced their plight looked beyond the color of their skin and defended them fiercely. Joan felt, as a born Jamaican, she shared one commonality. Her mantra was “people are human and must be treated as such" and would often say “If you wronged one of my dancers you wronged me.”
As they traveled across Jamaica and overseas if they were barred from a restaurant Joan herself would refuse to dine there. It is with that feeling of solidarity that Joan had to take a stance against one of her clients (the owner of a popular North Coast Hotel) Joan, Upon arrival at this resort and realizing there was a packed banquet hall of guests, waiting to be entertained, she used that as leverage and insisted that her dancers entered the hotel from the front entrance, or else “no show,” she ensured that they were provided with basic refreshment and ordered that they did not perform until her requests were met.
The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes was chartered as one of 7,700 clubs in 80 countries in 1998. Our motto is "Serving the Children of the World".
The idea of forming a Kiwanis club with a Caribbean connection is attributed to 2001 - 2002 Distinguished President Anthony D’Oyley and Leroy Gordon, Distinguished President of the Kiwanis Club of Eastern Kingston and Port Royal, Jamaica. This idea eventually led to a formation meeting in August 1998, attended by eight prospective members. This core group, along with other interested potential members, met weekly, benefiting from the guidance of the late Art Coachman and John Bonvillian, both Past Lt. Governors of Kiwanis Division 23. By September 29, 1998, there were 26 potential members signed up, enabling us to obtain our charter from Kiwanis International
David Mullings is the Founder and Director of Blue Mahoe Partners, Inc. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Blue Mahoe Capital Partners and a seasoned entrepreneur with experience in the finance industry in Jamaica and the USA, most recently serving as Investor Relations Specialist for Left Brain Capital Management, a long-biased hedge fund ranked among the top 10 best performing funds worldwide by Opalesque in September 2017. He has worked with Jamaica National Building Society in Jamaica in various roles, including overseeing the launch of their JN Live online banking platform, as a member of the marketing and product development team, and as Manager, eChannels and Discount Business, reporting directly to the General Manager. Mr. Mullings also served as a consultant to Victoria Mutual Building Society in Jamaica. He is a Mentor for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean and Founder Institute Jamaica.
He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C., was the first Future Leaders Representative for the USA on the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board and was part of the planning team for the first Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders Conference in Kingston, Jamaica.
Mr. Mullings graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Miami at the age of 22 with concentrations in Marketing and International Business after playing football (soccer) with Real Mona F.C. in Jamaica after graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami at the age of 19.
Sandra K. Gipson was born in Jamaica and became an American citizen in 1991. She has been a member of Metropolitan Dade County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (MDCS-NCNW) for six years. She has served two, two-year terms as President.
As president of MDCS-NCNW, Ms. Gipson has lead the organization to new heights, not only in membership but also in the development of scholarships, partnerships, and community awareness. MDCS-NCNW awarded Sandra the Dr. Dorothy Height Leadership Award and the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Distinguished Award. Most notable was her involvement with a group in Tallahassee, FL in January 2018, to advocate against Human Trafficking – organizing town hall meetings to bring awareness to modern-day slavery.
During her tenure, she was elected as the 2016-2018 National Executive Committee Member-at- Large, becoming the first elected officer from the State of Florida to serve on the National Board. She was also the NCNW State of Florida Interim President. Ms. Gipson was first to introduce the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Vegetable Garden to encourage children to focus on science as part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program – Plant, Grow, and Eat. She also serves as an Honorary Member of the Bethune-Cookman University National Alumni Association Miami-Dade Alumni Chapter.
Under her leadership, MDCS-NCNW adopted Bethune Head Start School and partnered with the City of Miami to provide a health and resource fair; facilitate the Dr. Dorothy Height Forever Black Heritage Stamp Dedication and partnered with Bethune Cookman University’s Miami Dade Alumni Chapter and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) for the second annual Holiday Toys Giveaway – giving away 200 toys.
Sandra spent countless hours mentoring young adults in the community. MDCS-NCNW awarded seven scholarships in the amount of $1000 to students attending an HBCU (historically black college/university). MDCS-NCNW held an annual Voter Education Workshop to kick-off the “Four for The Future” (promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education), encourage entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability, increase good health, educate women about HIV/AIDS, and support traditional values. Participants were also provided with beneficial information, motivating workshops, and presentations about domestic violence – including intimate partner violence, elderly abuse, LGBT and transgender violence.
In addition to her unselfish contributions to NCNW, Sandra supports other organizations by contributing her knowledge, talent, and leadership. She is the membership chair for the South Florida Chapter, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE); an executive board member for the Foundation of Community Assistance & Leadership (FOCAL); a committee member of No More Broken Hearts Foundation, Inc.; a member of Toastmasters International; a community partner for We Rise for the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.; and a member of the Women's Chamber of Commerce and she also serves on the Board as Director of the Miami Urban League.
She has also been formerly recognized by NOBLE South Florida Chapter Sector as 2015 Member of the Year because of her community service and active recruitment efforts; and Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair, Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, for her outstanding community service. Sandra was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for her dedication and commitment to the children of Liberty City, as well as The Community Activist for Human Rights by Commissioner Barbara Carey Shuler. Ms. Gipson was recently honored as the 2018 National Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award from The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. In 2019, she received an award from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Dade County Alumnae Chapter Delta Honors for Community Service in Political Awareness and Involvement.
Sandra attended Miami Dade College, where her major was Business Administration and has a 27-year career in the financial sector, holding a FL 2-15 and GA 2-15 License in Life, Health, and Variable Annuities. She is currently the senior financial service representative for Transamerica Life Insurance Company. For approximately eight years, Ms. Gipson was recognized as one of Florida’s top life insurance agents. she has also served 15 years employed in civilian military service.
A corporate citizen is one who uses their business and influence to make the local community a better place. Retired US Army Major and service connected disabled veteran Ray Martin is the embodiment of someone who is a corporate citizen. His local community reaches across the United States and encompasses Veterans from Vietnam through Afghanistan and Iraq .
Through his organization, Extreme Government Solutions, Ray Martin has implemented programs designed to help improve the lives of Veterans and their families and society as a whole. These contributions include not only the company's core business activities, but also its investments in the local community in an effort to reduce the effects of PTSD and suicide. Every business decision that Ray Martin mskes improves society in some way.
Gina didn't deserve the diagnosis of breast cancer she received some years back, but then, no one does. When I heard the first diagnosis, I was devastated, because I knew the battle she was about to face. It was the same battle I watched, take the lives of 2 family members, and others, and because of that connection, I became struck with grief, fear and anxiety, as were all who know and love her. Then to be faced years later, with another diagnosis of the return of the disease, in other areas of her body.
Gina Jarett Alder is an incredible soul. She has shown strength, courage, and bravery. Not all of us possess these things, which is what makes her such an amazing person and friend.
Ultimately, she has fought like a Trojan. Gina continues to conquer this disease with grace, resilience, and spunk, just like she does everything else. I’ve watched her use her diagnosis, to help and encourage others. She has taken a heart-wrenching and overwhelming diagnosis, and turned it into a learning experience for everyone she comes in contact with.
Gina is incredible, an amazing woman, someone I have always looked up to, and someone others admire. She is an inspiration, a true leader, a "difference maker", a brave and courageous fighter.
Over time, I have come to admire her dedication to being the catalyst for changing lives, similarly struck with this disease, by encouraging and reaching out to others.
She hasn't given in, but rather, has allowed this disease to motivate, and inspire her, which in turn, has inspired countless others. Truth be told, I don't believe that even she, understands the scope of her far-reaching influence.
Jakey is four years old and known for his radiance, resilience, awesome haircut and warrior spirit - a spirit that is carrying him into the biggest battle.
He gives his mama the best kisses, casts a line with his Papi and his hugs make you melt.
That's Jakey, who is four years old and known for his radiance, resilience, awesome haircut and warrior spirit - a spirit that is carrying him into the biggest battle. It's against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG - a rare and aggressive brain tumor that commonly hits kids between the ages of four and 10. The facts are hard to hear: It has a survival rate of less than one percent. If you've ever heard about faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains - well, there's a lot of moving here.
“From that moment, we had just gotten the initial [report] he has something we’re going to do an MRI and confirm,” said his mother, Karen. “From that moment on, God made his presence known very early on.”
Jennifer Cauble is the siren behind the siren - and with a reputation for being courageous and unafraid, Miami Beach firefighter Jennifer Cauble lives up to the hype as part of the Firefighter Assist and Search Team known as F.A.S.T.
“If any one of our firefighters gets disoriented in a fire, our rescue would go in to find them,” she told NBC 6’s Arlene Borenstein.
It’s not the first time she’s braved difficult situations for others as Cauble previously served in the U.S. Navy as a firefighter for five and a half years.
Rhonda Parris became principal of Park Lakes Elementary School in 2017 when it was ranked as one of the lowest 300 schools in the state based on state assessment results. Having already served as principal at Sanders Park Elementary School for five years, she knew this would be a great opportunity to continue her passion for developing teachers, building solid academic infrastructure and impacting student learning by closing the achievement gap. In two years, Principal Parris worked to improve the school’s letter grade from a D to a B, which removed it from the list of lowest-performing schools.
“Ms. Parris has impressed me with her leadership, knowledge and passion for education. She is an exceptional instructional leader who challenges students and staff to be the best they can be,” said Director Angela Fulton
Rain Jarrett is a social and behavioral sciences professor and subject matter expert on social and emotional learning development, inclusion and diversity and mindfulness. With over 10 years of experience in the classroom, Professor Jarrett has extensive knowledge and specialized expertise in curriculum design and development in the areas of culture, race relations, sex and gender and mindfulness. Being a parent, educator, sociologist and certified mindfulness instructor has allowed her to cultivate a unique understanding of learning and development, society and culture, as well as building resilience through the application of mindfulness tools used in her own life.
Professor Jarrett is passionate about human development, with a focus on women and the youth. She has volunteered in the Jamaican diaspora community service space for over 10 years and has recently joined the Jamaican Youth Leaders across the US, UK and Canadian Diasporas too help organize and engage the youth to work towards helping Jamaica reach its VIVION 2030 Sustainable Development goals. She currently works with schools in South Florida to spread mindfulness in the classroom, arming both teachers and students with skills to navigate life’s challenges. Rain recently served as the keynote speaker for the Jamaican Teachers’ Association Professional Development Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica and has been invited to serve as a panelist and guest speaker at multiple events in Jamaica and in the US.
Rain currently coaches mothers with a special interest in helping single mothers achieve a calmer approach to parenting. She is passionate about engaging and connecting with students and women who have shared experiences with pain and trauma and she brings hope and encouragement, sharing tools and strategies that have helped her in her life. She serves as a living example showing that they too can transcend their life barriers and live their best lives. Rain strongly believes that by focusing on building resilience and creating healthy balances, people are able to have more positive experiences, live fuller lives and truly step into their greatness.
Mary Alvarez has served 18 of her 24 years in BCPS at Lyons Creek Middle School, where she is currently the office manager and confidential secretary.
"Not only is Ms. Alvarez extremely knowledgeable about the many different facets of our school, she is extremely creative and often takes the initiative to do whatever it takes to get the job done," said Principal Horace Hamm. "She is the epitome of going the extra mile with a smile and creating positive relationships with our parents, students, staff, and business and community partners."
Amaya Lewis is a professional dancer and leader in the South Florida Jamaica Diaspora. She is a premedical student at Florida Atlantic University and holds a B.Sc. in Health Education with a minor in Dance from the University of Florida. Amaya’s ambition is to become an Orthopedic Physician in Sports Medicine.
In 2016, the Caribbean National Weekly Newspaper recognized Amaya as one of 20 influencers under 40 of the Jamaica Diaspora, who is making notable strides to enhance our community. A second-generation Jamaican and dual citizen, Amaya is focused on bridging the gap between Jamaican youth and their peers removed by migration. She advises Diaspora youth to claim their heritage unapologetically, and advocates for the acceptance, equality, and legitimacy of Diasporans’ contribution to nation building.
In 2019, Amaya attended the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference as a youth delegate in Kingston, Jamaica, where she presented on cultural identity and the formation of a global youth council. In 2020, the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade appointed Miss Lewis the inaugural, Regional Youth Leader for the Southern USA in the newly formed, Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council, GJDYC. The mission of the GJDYC is to engage, connect, and empower young Jamaicans around the world.
Miss Lewis is a former ambassador of the Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant in 2007. She is also a two-time finalist of the Miss Jamaica World Pageant in 2017 and 2018, placing Top 10 and 4th Runner up respectively. Pageantry has helped Amaya find her voice and has facilitated her early service in the Diaspora.
Amaya’s other accomplishments and involvements include being a panelist in the 2015 Jamaican Women of Florida Empowerment Conference and Scholarship Luncheon, volunteering with the Caribbean American Medical Educational Organization in Clarendon, Jamaica, and collaborating through dance with local artists, Steve Higgins and William Stewart. She was also an attendee at the inaugural Jamaica Diaspora USA Summit, held in November 2018, in Atlanta GA.
In her spare time, Amaya enjoys modeling, playing sports, and continues to perform and choreograph for local schools and dance troupes. Amaya is devoted to her Christian faith and is on a mission to lead a proud legacy for her family and her community.
Geralda Larkins is a Visionary Strategist, Author, Pastor, and Leadership Coach with a passion to inspire people from all walks of life to discover their personal power, plan and pursue their purpose, shift from fear to faith, and build an extraordinary life and legacy. An award-winning motivational speaker and trainer, Geralda teaches leaders how to operate in the spirit of excellence while strategically aligning people, processes, and programs for peak profitability. She is President and CEO of Geralda Larkins Consulting, a professional development firm, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Strategic Society, a business accelerator program dedicated to helping women maximize their potential through entrepreneurship.
Geralda is a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate of Florida International University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. She holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Theology from American Bible University. For over 20 years she has worked in the field of human resources and organizational management. She currently leads a geographically dispersed team of Human Resource Specialists and oversees daily labor and employee relations programs at the Internal Revenue Service. Geralda is married to her junior high sweetheart and best friend Christopher and they live in Miramar, FL with their four children, Chris Jr., Curtis, Cierra, and Oliver.
Reverend Sonia Bell-Harriott lights up a room when she enters. But beyond that commanding presence there is a lifetime of courage, challenges and conquests all of which she has overcome with great conviction. Sonia is not merely courageous and charitable but she is loyal, benevolent, honest, dynamic, imaginative, entrepreneurial, and ambitious. Those who know her well and for those who may still be getting to know her, the Rev. Mrs. Sonia Bell-Harriott is a lady who has risen from humble beginnings to sparkle, shine and succeed.
Born in Rock River, Clarendon, Sonia started life in rural Jamaica. Her parents met at Clarendon College and later wed. Shortly after, the couple welcomed Sonia into the world, and quite a bundle of joy she was. At an early age, her parents separated, with her father moving to England and her mother moving to New York. Sonia was left in the care of her paternal grand-mother of Indian heritage. Her grandmother was a farmer and shop keeper in the district of Bushy Park, St. Catherine. This exposed Sonia to the Hindi faith which became an integral part of her formidable youth. Her grandmother doted over her and fostered her
with great family values which have helped her to become the formidable lady she is today. Sonia
idolized her grandmother, and inadvertently drew from her a wealth of knowledge and business skills
which would later help with her being a successful business woman herself. Upon graduating from High School in Jamaica, the young Sonia got married and started her family. Within a few years, she and her husband and three children migrated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1988, a courageous and challenging decision, considering they were only in possession of visitor’s visas. Upon arrival in the US, Sonia enrolled in Kaiser College as she sought to enter the field of Nursing. Passionate
about patient and elderly care, Sonia decided that her best option was to launch a business venture of her own. This, however, did not deter the determined Sonia from setting out to start the new phase of her life in the US. She enrolled at Broward College, pursuing studies in Business and Marketing. The vision shehad in mind, was to equip herself with the skills needed to start her business, and allow her to give back to
her community while helping others achieve their own goals. Out of this vision, was born Lake View
Retirement Residence. What started out in her private home, Lake View Retirement Residence has grown into a twenty four bed facility caring for and providing Assisted Living to the elderly and disable for the past twenty years. Lake View Retirement Residence currently employs a full time staff of twelve in different capacities, as well as external doctors, nurses and care providers. Not satisfied that this venture was time fulfilling enough, Sonia decided to serve the Lord and expand her
ministry of giving and serving the community. In 2002 Sonia began her Ministerial degree and was
ordained as a Pastor in 2005. She now serves as Associate Pastor at New Life Fellowship Center in
Sunrise, Florida, where she also leads the Care Ministry which includes Benevolent, Hospitality, Senior and Hospital and Nursing Home. She also sits on several boards for different groups and Associations. In addition to the demands of being Administrator at Lake View Retirement Residence and Associate Pastor in the Church, Sonia also offers mentoring to young adults in her and community. Now a grandmother, Sonia has no plans of slowing down. She enjoys brooding over her grandchildren and sharing her life’s experiences with them. Her vision and mission is never complete as she thinks that the story of her challenges and successes can be an inspiration to others.
The Millissa Jayne Show is a Digital Edutainment Show in its 10 th Season.The award-winning show is produced and hosted by Millissa Jayne.
The show brings compelling and engaging content every week with realissues such as human trafficking, depression, and relationships.
It provides information on community happenings, event reviews, funactivities, so you always know where to go for entertainment.
The Millissa Jayne Show features the music of local and internationalrecording artists, giving their music a place to be heard and enjoyed.
The format of the show includes, video, music, graphics, pictures, multi-screen interviews, phone calls in and so much more, and the viewers enjoy
the full participation and interaction the show brings.Millissa Jayne also uses her platform to teach in the areas of video,technology, and social media. She often brings in professionals in
business, finance, health, and personal development.Her community involvement includes, but not limited to, her position as
Marketing Director of the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship whereshe organizes a multi-channel international Telethon each year; the
Kiwanis of Greater Sunrise’s Annual Scholarship program, and the I Am Hope Foundation, to mention a few. Originally from Birmingham, England, Millissa Jayne has made Lauderhill,
Florida her home since 2006 and has now become a well-known media personality within her community.
The Millissa Jayne Show is LIVE every Thursday 9-10pm Est on Facebook
WZOP and WZPP Radio are fully licensed as non-commercial radio stations that operate on two FM dials; WZOP 92.7 and WZPP 96.1 FM. Together they make up the Voice of the Caribbean, the only non-commercial 24 hour FM radio station.
The Voice of the Caribbean serves the North and South Broward counties’ Caribbean-American community. Coverage extends from East/West Broward (Plantation area) to Boca Raton cities and from South Miami (Hialeah area) to west Broward (Davie area). We capture the Caribbean-American population’s vibrant cultural, artistic awareness, educational matters, civic and business interests. This is reflected in our presentation of music, news, sports, commentary and live Broadcasts.
What I know for sure is that life is full of delightful treasures when children are raised by great parents. My daughter Debra Grant, is a mother of three children 21, 19 and 14 she exemplifies all the qualities that makes up that mother who loves her children unconditionally.Her children admirers her warmth, tenderness and zest for living her best life.
She is not only loving, kind, nurturing and trustworthy, but always try to instill these same values and qualities in her children.
Debra pushes herself each and every day as a single parent. She works out at the gym everyday, and pushes herself as a single parent to excel in her career as CEO of her own Healthcare Business.
Debra is deeply admired by many including her clients, family and friends and held in very high esteem.
So,It is with great pleasure that I recommend my daughter, Debra Terrier-Grant for this prestigious award, Mother of the Year, she is so deserving of this special recognition.
Andrea Peart-Flores was born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica. She and her family immigrated to the United States in her late teens. She attended Newtown High School in Queens, NY. After graduating, Andrea went to Brooklyn Tech for hotel and restaurant management.
After meeting her late husband Carlos Flores, they moved to Florida to raise their three beautiful daughters. Andrea dedicated herself to parenting. She worked as a teaching assistant, reading coach, and media specialist while her daughters were in school in order to spend more time with them during their formative years. Education was always an important value in the Flores household. Having worked in the public school system for years, both Carlos and Andrea knew the importance of doing well in school in order to be successful in life. They pushed their daughters to excel academically throughout their schooling years. Alexcia, the oldest daughter, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Florida International University in Miami, FL. She then went on to serve in the Navy, where she found her passion for helping others. She will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at New Haven University in the Fall. Carina, her second child, graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. She currently works at the City of Fort Lauderdale as a Program Coordinator in the Sustainability Division. Talia, her youngest child, will be graduating from Piper High School in June at the top of her class. She will attend the University of South Florida on a full scholarship in the Fall, pursuing a Bachelor degree in Accounting. Andrea has been an active member of the Caribbean and Lauderhill communities, serving as an association vice president, media and news personality, host, events promoter and a community activist with Citizens on Patrol for Lauderhill. She is still very active in both communities. Recently doing her part to serve the community by helping to give out food to those in need during the COVID pandemic.
Now retired, Andrea has become active in her Mandeville hometown, helping the elderly. She is also an avid traveler, instilling an appreciation for diverse cultures and a love for their own Jamaican and Puerto Rican heritage in her daughters. Andrea feels as though her greatest achievement has been raising three successful daughters, knowing that they will go far in life and being there to root them along the way!
My name is Keith Davis I am from the beautiful island of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. As a six year old I migrated to England where I fell in love with the beautiful game of futbol. Since that part of time futbol has always been a major part of my life. I moved to New York City in 1973, where I excelled in the game at Boys & Girls High School under the tutelage of Mickey Cohen. I than went to Quinnipiac College, where I was all New England Selection. I also played semi-professional futbol with Pozzalo, Calabria Roma and my club team Hyrone which is actually the name of St. Vincent & the Grenadines before the British came in.
Hyrone is one of the most successful clubs in the history of Brooklyn soccer, and is still spoken very highly of today. In 1983 I got married to my wife Dotsy who understands and supports the love and passion I have for the sport. In 1984 we gave birth to our first child Ashanti. Our daughter Jhanel followed shortly after in 1986 and then our one son Emery in June of 1988.
In 1988 my family and I moved to South Florida where I first became a part of the Lauderhill Lions Soccer Club. My last daughter Inara was born in 1991 right here in Florida. My love for the club spilled over right into my children as all of them were players of the Lauderhill Youth Soccer Club for many years. 32 years later and I still serve as the Director of Coaching Throughout my 32 years my men’s team have won several tournaments, championships games, and state cups while proudly representing the City of Lauderhill. The City of Lauderhill actually declared June 2, 2006 as “Coach Keith Davis Day” in the City of Lauderhill. Besides sending several player off to the play college futbol, and professional futbol, my greatest joy has been helping to develop the youth program in the City of Lauderhill. There is no greater feeling than giving back to our youth because they are our future. Over the years the program has grown tremendously. We currently have over 300 players participating in our youth program. The players in our Lauderhill Youth Academy are the only grassroots program in Florida that we know of. Recently 4 of our players were selected to go and play for David Beckham’s Inter Miami Academy, and other players are being scouted from teams all across the county because when it comes to talent the City of Lauderhill has it. One quote that I live by is those that know better, do better, and it is my life-long goal to do just that for the future of our community. Whether we are coaching or being mentors, or checking up on school work in the city of Lauderhill we tend to the whole child. In 3 decades of leadership the one thing I have realized is that it takes a Village and I am blessed to have some amazing coaching staff, parents, mentors, & volunteers by my side. As I say to my players the process continues and it will always for as long as I am breathing.
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