Stringer bestowed the honor on Haitian educator, community organizer and activist Dr. Monalisa Ferrari; United States Virgin Islands-born Pastor Gilford T. Monrose; and media personality of Panamanian heritage DJ Norie.
“We have three amazing honorees,” Stringer said. “Our city has long been a beacon of hope for immigrants. From Canarsie in Brooklyn to Gun Hill in the Bronx, Caribbean American New Yorkers’ vibrant energy, strong community, and entrepreneurial spirit have become part of the very fabric of our city.”
“Our nearly one million Caribbean American citizens have made this city what it is today,” he added. “You’ve helped build our boroughs, you’ve lifted up our neighborhoods, and you’ve served New Yorkers as nurses, doctors, police officers, lawyers, firefighters, and entrepreneurs.
“You’re our neighbors, friends, colleagues, family members. And immigrants enrich us in ways that can’t be counted. By bringing the arts, cultures, and cuisines from their home countries, they strengthen our diversity and enhance what David Dinkins called the ‘gorgeous mosaic’ that is NYC.
“That’s why we need to make it easier for people coming here to become citizens.”
Ferrari works at the New York City Department of Education as a professional development coordinator and has previously served as a dean, middle school director, lead teacher and mentor.
She also serves as executive director for the United Front of the Haitian Diaspora and is president of the Society for Haitian Research.
Monrose has been a religious leader and community activist since moving to New York City in 1999. He serves as chaplain for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in New York and director of Faith Based and Clergy Initiatives at the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.
DJ Norie is an influential radio personality for dance hall reggae.