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LAUDERDALE LAKES: (LAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida) — On Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 a delegation from the Organization of Women CASEC(Councils of Administration of the Communal Sections) of Haiti visited the City of Lauderdale Lakes. The delegation of CASEC included 8 members (all women) from several Communal Sections of Haiti such as St-Michel, Turgeau etc.
CASEC is a grassroot level elected officials in the Haitian government structure. They serve as Liaisons between the local population and the Mayors, Administration in Port-au-Prince and other elected Officials to provide services to the smaller municipal areas in Haiti. There are approximately 3000 of these local municipal officials in Haiti and approximately 570 of them are women. The delegation participated in a conference on leadership and performance of their duties which included a visit to our “We Care” city.
The delegation was warmly welcomed and received by the Mayor of the City of Lauderdale Lakes, Mrs. Hazelle Rogers, along with Vice Mayor Beverly Williams, Commissioner Veronica Edwards Phillips and Commissioner Sandra Davey. City officials such as City Manager Phil Alleyne, Assistant Manager Susan Gooding-Liburd, BSO Captain Andrew Dunbar, Mr. Ronald Desbrunes, the City’s Public Works Director, Ms. Tanya Davis-Hernandez, the Development Services Director, Gary Rogers, CRA Director and Ms. Sharon Houslin, City Clerk were also in attendance to assist the Commission and welcome the delegation. Mayor Rogers was very happy to see the all women delegation which is a positive indication of women involvement in the political process in Haiti. The Haitian delegation was also impressed to see that the entire City Commission of the City of Lauderdale Lakes is all comprised of Women.
The delegation was in the United States to attend a conference on Leadership and Performance of Communal duties. They requested to visit our “We Care” city in order to exchange ideas and forehand learn how the City of Lauderdale Lakes handle challenges that may be similar to experiences and difficulties facing their respective communities in Haiti. The delegation was very pleased by warm welcome received from the Mayor, the Commissioners and City Officials.
Several topics were discussed such as security, organization structural of a community and community outreach. In addition, they visited the City’s Public Works Facilities and the Community Gardens. They were very impressed how municipalities can use community gardens to provide leisure to their communities while contributing to some kind of revenue. They acquired information and requirements in order to develop similar projects within their communities in Haiti.
The delegation express willingness to maintain communication and exchange ideas with the City of Lauderdale Lakes. The Mayor assured the delegation that any further questions and inquiries they may have will be receive a prompt response by the Commission and Staff. The delegation extended an invitation to Mayor Rogers as well as the rest of the Commission to visit Haiti.
For more information on this meeting, please call Public Information at 954-535-2838.