Fort Lauderdale and Cap-Haitien, Haiti celebrated 20 years of becoming Sister Cities. Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities’ Cap-Haitien, Haiti Committee chaired by Naomie Labaty, and co-chaired by Angie Bell and Maritza Guerrier, presented the Pitit Okap Awards at the Tower Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This event celebrates 20 years of sister cities relations between our two cities and fostered new relationships between our citizens. The Pitit Okap Awards were presented to four bright, natives of Cap-Haitien, Haiti who inspire us with their dedication to promote Haitian culture and history. These persons are Samuel Dameus, Rose Lumane St-Jean, Maybeline Despagne, and Christopher Laroche (Freedom). This was an opportunity to bring together business professionals, artists, government officials and creatives from South Florida’s diverse communities. Other special guests included Keynote Speaker Bocchit Edmond, Ambassador of Haiti to the USA and special guest, Miss Universe Haiti, Pascale Belony and Cap-Haitien Vice Mayor Patrick Almonor.
On November 9, 2021
March 1st, 2022
Capt. Gabriel Zahora of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department & Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities (GFLSCI) Board
organized the working visit of the Colombian Fire Inspectors.
After visiting Fort Lauderdale City Hall, GFLSCI Medellin, Colombia Chairman Fernando Gill hosted the visitors
at Las Orquideas Restaurant with Colombian Consul General Pedro Valencia, Vice Consul Jhon Ospina,
and Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities Board Members Joey Crawford and Russell Weaver.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International
“The Sister Cities program is an important resource in the negotiations of governments
in letting the people themselves give expression of their common desire for friendship, goodwill
and cooperation for a better world for all.”
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower