Letters to the Editor

Honoring Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM), Inc. /Haitian Women of Miami is honored to give its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Archbishop Thomas Wenski on Saturday.

A son of immigrants, Archbishop Wenski has a keen understanding of the plight of refugees and immigrants who come to our nation in search of safe haven. He is a staunch advocate for inclusion and immigrants’ rights.

Father Reginald Jean-Mary, the eloquent pastor of the Notre Dame church quotes Archbishop Wenski often: “To serve is not a burden, but a gift.”

That could easily be the motto for all of FANM’s 2016 honorees. They’ve all made tremendous contributions to communities in Miami, and in their homeland. We are proud of their vision, commitment and leadership. FANM salutes the indomitable spirit of Solange Aurelien, Rodney Baltimore, Dr. Michel J. Dodard, Marlon and Carla Hill, Marilyn Rousseau, and North Miami Mayor Joseph Smith.

Thanks to dedicated key partners like The Children’s Trust, Miami Dade County, city of Miami, Green Family Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida, Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and others, FANM is able to provide services to 3,000 members a year. Equally important is the organizing and advocacy work that gives people the tools and the voice to advocate for themselves.

Go to www.fanm.org for more information on attending Saturday’s gala.

Marleine Bastien,

executive director,

FANM, Miami