The City of Tamarac recognized outstanding contributions by persons of colour at a City Hall ceremony, commemorating the month of February as Black History Month (BHM).
The initiative was introduced by newly elected Commissioner Marlon Bolton, a Jamaican and the first person of color to serve on the city government.
“I had the pleasure of leading the first ‘Black History Month Proclamation for Community Service’ initiative and successfully secured Bishop Dr Henry Fernandez and Elaina Norlin, as the very first recipients”, noted Commissioner Bolton during an interview with The Gleaner.
Bishop Dr. Henry Fernandez is the senior pastor at the Faith Center Ministries that has hosted many community events including the Jamaica Independence Church Service. Elaina Norlin is a senior staffer at the African Research Library.
“Both Fernandez and Norlin serve Tamarac residents in their capacities daily and their contributions are invaluable,” Commissioner Bolton said.
In a statement marking the occasion, he noted the changing make-up of the City, now being home to more and more people of color (African Americans and Hispanic). “They are to be celebrated too,” Bolton added.
Bolton says he plans to lead similar initiatives in the future that will further position Tamarac as the community that embraces diversity.