Two Jamaicans Recognized for ‘Outstanding’ Community Service | News
Fort Lauderdale, FL:
Two Jamaicans residing in South Florida received special honors on Martin Luther King Day, January 17.
Steve Higgins and Carson ‘Eddy’ Edwards both accepted the special awards “in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community” at the inaugural “Rise with Perspective – Living in Gratitude Today” symposium held in Davie, Australia. Florida.
The symposium, the brainchild of Nouchelle Hastings, is on a mission to “show how living in gratitude today can improve your mental health and self-esteem, so you can create a life you love.”
“MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, to encourage all Americans to volunteer to better their communities,” Hastings said. “We have therefore chosen this memorial moment to recognize the dedication and commitment of people whose lives epitomize living in gratitude today! Their selfless acts of kindness are gratifying in so many ways,” a- she declared.
The award was presented under the auspices of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and was presented by Davie Mayor Judy Paul, who thanked Higgins for “giving service to the elderly, the sick and especially our children in need and for sharing your golden voice”.
This flagship event was organized by a whole team of gratitude champions and was moderated by Davie Chamber Executive Director, Raphael Walters.
Fifteen Broward County residents were honored at the event which saw motivational presentations from guest speakers.
Higgins, a Davie resident, also received a proclamation from the Davie Jazz Society for his contributions to the organization. He is a singer (tenor), Jamaican cultural ambassador and musician who throughout the pandemic has brought joy to many through his music at numerous events.
His community involvement ranges from advocacy for frontline medical personnel in hospitals to children in children’s homes, civic functions and the broader South Florida community. He is the founding director of the South Florida Caribbean Chorale and president of the Partners For Youth Foundation (501c3). He volunteers as Guardian ad Litem for the Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit.
Eddy Edwards is marketing manager at Riddims Marketing, radio personality, vice president of the Partners For Youth Foundation, and CEO of the Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, which annually hosts South Florida’s largest food festival.