Island Space Caribbean Museum Hosts Meeting of Caribbean Consuls and Int’l Dignitaries

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Members of the Caribbean Consular corp, Broward Commissioner Dale Holness and guests at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum | Photo: David I. Muir

On Monday, March 8, eight consuls general from across the Caribbean and India, as well as Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and a number of business leaders, convened at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum.

The gathering marked the first in-person meeting of the current Caribbean consular cohort, and was celebrated with a tour of the first Caribbean heritage museum in the western hemisphere, followed by talks and a meal.

Present were Dean of the Consular Corps Gilbert Boustany of Antigua and Barbuda, and Consuls General R. Oliver Mair of Jamaica, Linda Mackey of The Bahamas, Neval Greenidge of Barbados, Tassa Jean of St. Lucia, Stéphane Gilles of Haiti, Dianne Perrotte of Grenada (deputy), and visiting from Atlanta, Georgia, Asim Kumar of India.

During the event, Haitian Consul General Stéphane Gilles presented Island SPACE with a $5,000 donation in support of the museum’s programming and development.

Haitian Consul General Stéphane Gilles (center) presents a $5,000 check to Island SPACE Board Member Tamara Philippeaux (left) and Executive Director Calibe Thompson. | Photo: David I. Muir

“The consular corps are invaluable partners in executing our mission,” said the nonprofit’s Executive Director Calibe Thompson.

“We appreciate their commitment to supporting Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, and their decision to visit with us for the first gathering of their cohort. We were very grateful and pleasantly surprised by this contribution from Mr Gilles on behalf of the Haitian Consulate in Miami.”

Jamaica’s Consul General, Oliver Mair, “this meeting embodied the museum’s motto ‘Island SPACE, a place where Caribbean cultures unite.”

“We are all invested in the success of this organization, and strongly believe it will positively impact our individual and collective constituents.”

Island SPACE Executive Director Calibe Thompson leads a tour with consular corps members and Broward County officials. | Photo: David I. Muir

At a socially distant, informal round table, Commissioner Holness championed partnerships in infrastructure, trade and commerce between the Caribbean and Broward County.

Topics of conversation included local and regional development and the establishment of a world trade center within the county.

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