Brooklyn Boro Hall Ceremony Hosted By


WHAT: An awards ceremony honoring Metropolitan College of New York’s first six Haitian scholarship recipients in the MCNY Emergency and Disaster Management Graduate Program. These Haitian citizens, beginning this fall, will be awarded full tuition scholarships to earn a Master’s of Public Administration degree in Emergency and Disaster Management; giving them the skills they need to return home and help their country.

WHO:      Dr. Vinton Thompson, president, Metropolitan College of New York and New York City Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene will host the ceremony.  The awardees are as follows:

  • Ingrid St-Firmin, a native of Port-au-Prince, is a healthcare professional; she now has a desire to change her focus to aid in the development of Haiti.
  • Nousta Audate Dieudonné, from the city of Cap-Haïtien, worked as a Logistics Officer for TEARFUND, an organization that strives to fight poverty by helping the Haitian community rebuild after the earthquake.  She is optimistic about Haiti’s future and looks forward to working with individuals in her country to prepare themselves for any future disastrous events.
  • Lenève Julien, from the rural municipality of Camp-Perrin, worked as a consultant for various organizations dealing with rural development.  He is looking forward to studying Emergency and Disaster Management.  Lenève’s focus will be on rural issues that affect the capacity to respond to emergency situations.
  • Elie Jérôme is a 2008 graduate of the American University of Modern Science of Haiti and sees himself as a leader who will positively influence others to become leaders.
  • Garmalia Mentor hails from the city of Cap-Haïtien. She is a medical doctor who has been practicing in Port-au-Prince and played a crucial role in delivering medical services to victims during the earthquake. She wants to expand her knowledge beyond medicine by learning how to manage a major natural disaster and create strategies that deliver medical services in emergency situations.
  • Tamara Olicœur, a native of Port-au-Prince, plans to use her degree in Emergency and Disaster Management in order to develop training programs that will be taught and implemented in schools, churches, hospitals and community health centers throughout Haiti.

WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Borough Hall

Second level, Rotunda

Brooklyn, New York