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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Shaun Gayle 

                  Assistant City Manager/City Spokesperson

                  City of Miramar

                  954-495-3644

                  sdgayle@miramarfl.gov



INTIMATE EVENING OF ART ON THE GO PLANNED FOR THE MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER|ARTSPARK 

Hosted by Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne

MIRAMAR, FL (Thursday, April 22, 2021)- The City of Miramar’s Vice Mayor, Yvette Colbourne will host an Art On The Go experience at the Miramar Cultural Center|ArtsPark (MCC) located at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025 on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

The free event is open to the public and will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required and available at www.artonthego_mcc.eventbrite.com. Social distancing will be observed, and masks will be required. 

Guests will be treated to the Our Planet|Our Future exhibit in the Ansin Family Art Gallery. The exhibit is a celebration of the world and the complexity of the eco-system. This multifaceted exhibition includes works by local, national, and international artists, designers, engineers, writers, and architects. Curator of the Box Gallery, Rolando Chang Barrero offers a glimpse into the future enriched by visionaries with sustainable solutions. The exhibit will be on display through May 16, 2021 during Gallery hours. 

Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne stated, “I look forward to spending time with members of the community as we experience Art On The Go together in a beautiful setting at the Cultural Center. We will stroll through the stunning Our Planet|Our Future exhibit at the Ansin Family Art Gallery and proceed through the waterfront botanical garden to browse the diverse murals on display as well as Alison Skye’s Vanishing Views artwork.” 

Guests will be served pre-packaged refreshments. Free on-site parking will be available.  

For more information and to learn more about upcoming events and exhibits at MCC, visit www.MiramarCulturalCenter.org.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Shaun Gayle 

                  Assistant City Manager/City Spokesperson

                  City of Miramar

                  954-495-3644

                  sdgayle@miramarfl.gov



MIRAMAR CITY COMMISSION APPOINTS YVETTE COLBOURNE AS VICE MAYOR FOR THE CITY

MIRAMAR, FL (Tuesday, April 13, 2021)- The Miramar City Commission on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 appointed Yvette Colbourne to serve as Vice Mayor for the City for a one-year term. She will serve as second in command and acting Mayor, when necessary. Vice Mayor Colbourne was first elected as Miramar Commissioner in 2013 and recently won re-election to her Commission Seat 2 in March of this year. Her greatest efforts have been anchored in the quality of life for the elderly, promoting diversity and advocating for the overall well-being of the entire City, “One Miramar”. This marks her third time serving as Vice Mayor for the City. She currently represents the City of Miramar on the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization board and on the Broward League of Cities.

Vice Mayor Colbourne stated, “It is truly an honor to not only be re-elected to the Miramar City Commission for a new term, but to also be recognized and appointed by my colleagues on the Miramar City Commission to serve once again as Vice Mayor of this great City. My plan is to continue to push forward innovative and beautification projects and serve the community with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents.”

Colbourne has been a public servant for most of her adult life. Prior to elected office, she served 30 years as a Miami-Dade County Administrator, President of her Homeowners Association, Vice Chair of the City of Miramar Economic Development Board, Member of the Civil Service Advisory Board, and Member of the Broward County Diversity Committee.

Colbourne has an exceptional record of public service. She is a graduate of the “Good Government Initiative” from the University of Miami’s Leaders of Excellence Program for Elected Officials. Other recognitions, include being the recipient of the ICABA’s 2012 Award for The Most Accomplished Black Community Leaders and Entrepreneurs; the 2015 Legacy Magazine’s Award for one of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential Professionals in Business and Industry; 2018 Paul Harris Award from The Rotary Club of Miramar-Pines; the 2019 “Leaders Who Shine” Award from the Broward Democrats and the Co- Chair of the Miramar Census Complete Committee.

She has a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is of Jamaican descent and was born in Panama. Vice Mayor Colbourne and her husband have lived in the City of Miramar for the past 26 years where they raised their 2 children.

To learn more about Vice Mayor Colbourne and the Miramar City Commission, visit MiramarFl.gov.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Shaun Gayle 

                  Assistant City Manager/City Spokesperson

                  City of Miramar

                  954-495-3644

                  sdgayle@miramarfl.gov



VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS OF MIRAMAR

In recognition of Earth Day, The  City of Miramar and Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne

Invite the community to help clean up Miramar 


MIRAMAR, FL (Monday, April 19, 2021)- In recognition of the Earth Day 2021 theme: “Restore our Earth”, the City of Miramar Public Works Department and Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne invite the community to participate in a Litter Pick-Up and Canal Cleanup on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Utopia Drive from Riviera Boulevard to Pembroke Road (Linear Park North and South).  

Community Service Hours will be available to participating students. Volunteers are required to register at www.TeamColbourneEarthDay2021.Eventbrite.com where they will also be able to download a waiver form.  

Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne stated, “I am encouraging members of our community to come out and join us this Saturday to lend a helping hand in cleaning up Linear park and our canals. Keeping our City clean is one of my priorities and if we each do our part to properly dispose of trash, we can achieve this goal together. Litter in our green spaces can eventually make its way into our waterways, clogging drains and cause flooding. Please volunteer today to help restore our earth and our beautiful City of Miramar.” 

Volunteers will park and meet at the shopping center on the southeast corner of University Drive and Miramar Parkway. 

For more information and to learn more about upcoming opportunities, visit www.MiramarFL.gov/AdoptAStreet


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Shaun Gayle 

                  Assistant City Manager/City Spokesperson

                  City of Miramar

                  954-495-3644

                  sdgayle@miramarfl.gov



CITY OF MIRAMAR CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AND HONORS FEMALE LEADERS AT THE CITY WHO HAVE BLAZED THEIR OWN TRAIL AND MADE AN IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY 

 

MIRAMAR, FL (Monday, March 8, 2021) – The City of Miramar will celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting female leaders who have impacted their community, shattered glass ceilings and who are considered present-day trailblazers.

Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis has spearheaded an effort to recognize all female leaders at the City and to spotlight one dynamic woman each week for the month of March to showcase their achievements and their dedicated service to others.  

To further mark the City’s commitment to the support and advancement of women, the City Commission created the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Board, sponsored by Commissioner Yvette Colbourne. The purpose of the RBG Commission on the Status of Women is to identify and resolve economic, health and wellness, social, and all other issues concerning women's lives through education and advocacy. 

As part of the celebration for Women’s History Month, the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark (MCC) is inviting Miramar High School students to submit an essay around the theme:            Vice President Kamala Harris - achievement, opportunity, precedence, and purpose. Selected essays will be displayed at the Miramar Cultural Center as well as on MiramarCulturalCenter.org. Select students will be invited to read their essays during an upcoming Commission meeting.

The City will also be hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 entitled Finding Your Voice featuring women in leadership roles at the City as they share their stories and insights about their journey and the challenges and barriers they had to overcome because of their gender. This event will be available at Miramarevents.webex.com by clicking on the event link to register and view. 

Assistant City Manager and City Spokesperson, Shaun Gayle stated, “As we celebrate Women's History Month, we recognize the incredible accomplishments of pioneering women right here in Miramar. These women aspire for greatness. In this month we celebrate them and recognize them for their many contributions to our community." She continued, “I am also pleased to be joining the Finding Your Voice panel discussion where I can’t wait to share my own remarkable journey with everyone.”

To kick off the Women’s History Month feature, the City will spotlight Camasha Cevieux, an established City of Miramar professional who has served the City for 19 years and has been a Board Member for the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Tourist Development Council for the past 4 years. At the age of 44, she has penned a new book, The Ambitious Collective, which comes after her career in both public and private arenas. In her new book, Cevieux takes on her trials, tribulations, and triumphs; offering the reader a guide that supports Ambition and provides clear reasons to foster room for its maintenance and continuity. 

Cevieux, is the City’s Director of Cultural Affairs overseeing the Miramar Cultural Center and its Art in Public Places program. She has also made hometown history, having been crowned Florida’s 1st Black Junior Orange Bowl Queen which enlisted her into the Black Archives. Known as Camasha Alexander during her reign now Camasha Cevieux; she has grown up, married, given life to two girls; and now birth to the Ambitious Collective which can be found at theambitiouscollective.com.

Cevieux added, “I am thrilled to be spotlighted for Women’s Month. I have enjoyed serving the residents of Miramar. My new book venture stands as a cathartic release; noting trials and tribulations never come with a manual. I designed the Ambitious Collective to support others with a handbook that I didn’t have. It assures readers that their own Ambition is needed. The Ambitious Collective places the reader as a champion of their own life. I hope everyone will be able to benefit from the words that come directly from my experience.”

Other leaders to be spotlighted for Women’s History Month include the City’s Chief Financial Officer, Susan Gooding-Liburd, who also serves as the Chair of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Black Caucus and was featured in the February edition of Government Finance Review.  Susan also hosts a series of financial workshops to help individuals take charge of their money and build wealth. She also shares her money tips on a financial blog featured on the City’s website, www.MiramarFl.gov

Edna LaRoche, Executive Assistant to Mayor Wayne Messam will also be featured. In addition to serving as the Mayor’s right hand, LaRoche is President and CEO of the Ohhlala Banana Bread Company which bakes up delicious varieties of banana breads. She turned her hobby into a business and is baking banana breads to change the world one palate at a time. 

Also in the spotlight will be Aura Hayles-Thomas, Legislative Aide to Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis, who was named as Legacy Magazine South Florida's Top 40 under 40 in 2019. Prior to joining Commissioner Davis’s team, she generated success from Bjou Bjou, an online Afrocentric platform created to empower women artisans. This also led to the creation of SocialSoso.com, a digital media company dedicated to helping businesses build an online presence. 

To learn more about the City of Miramar’s female leaders who are making a difference, visit MiramarFL.gov/WomensMonth.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2020


Press Contact:

Office of Commissioner Yvette Colbourne

Phone: 954-602-3143 | Email ycolbourne@miramarfl.gov

                


City of Miramar Commissioner Yvette Colbourne Sponsored Ordinance Establishing the 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Commission on the Status of Women 

 

City of Miramar, Florida —The City of Miramar Commission unanimously approved an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Yvette Colbourne for the creation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to identifying and resolving economic, health, social and all other issues concerning women’s lives through education and advocacy. At the request of Colbourne, the ordinance was approved in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away just days before the ordinance was set for approval.

 State Representative Elect Marie Woodson, who served as Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Commission for Women saluted Commissioner Colbourne on this effort. “I am excited and supportive of this bold move to advance the status of women,” she said. “Recognizing the importance of having a Commission for Women in the City of Miramar is monumental when women make up 51.8% of the City’s population.”  

“I’m proud to have sponsored this ordinance and of my colleagues for endorsing it with such strength and enthusiasm. Miramar will be a model for creating programs, policies and services that uplift women and ensure equal opportunities for everyone,” stated Commissioner Colbourne. “I look forward to the RGB Commission reviewing issues concerning health, equal pay and equity in contracting for women.”  

The RGB Commission on the Status of Women will make recommendations to the Miramar Commission based on studies, reports, and practices of the City. Anyone interested in serving on the RGB Commission on the Status of Women can apply at MiramarFL.gov/advisoryboards.  



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Alexis Fox 

                Marketing Manager

                Miramar Cultural Center

                954-602-3150

 

 

EXPERIENCE ART ON THE GO AT THE MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER | ARTSPARK

Intriguing artwork on display for the community to enjoy

 

MIRAMAR, FL (Wednesday, October 7, 2020) – The City of Miramar invited the public to experience Art On The Go at the Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark (MCC) located at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025 in homage to recent intriguing art installations which can be viewed, free of charge, by all at MCC.

 

Commissioner Yvette Colbourne hosted an evening of Art on the Go on Friday, October 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and also on Sunday, October 11th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Attendees were limited to up to 10 guests at a time, social distancing and masks were mandated. Pre-registration is available at Eventbrite: mccartonthego.eventbrite.com

 

Guests met the Commissioner as well as the artists while strolling through the Ansin Family Gallery to view the LOVE POP exhibit which showcases the work of Eduardo Sanabria, also known as EDO, a Venezuelan artist who resides in Miami. Edo’s work is based on pop culture and he utilizes shapes and vibrant colors to create pieces that have a Latino and Caribbean flavor. The exhibit features his new series, Influencers 2020 as well as his work Todas Las Salsas, which is a tribute to all the Latinos who made this Caribbean music genre popular. The exhibit coincides with the month-long Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The exhibit will be on display through December 15, 2020.

 

Commissioner Yvette Colbourne stated, “It is such a pleasure to host this art viewing at MCC and creating an opportunity for the community to get out and enjoy a safe, relaxing evening. I look forward to the community taking advantage of their own MCC ART ON THE GO experience when they make their way through the Ansin Family Gallery and the botanical garden to browse the wonderful works of art now through December 15, 2020.”

 

Art enthusiasts can also view a Virtual Exhibition Tour streamed live on Saturday, October 10th at 3:00 p.m. via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube @MiramarCultural.

 

Additionally, renowned artists Ivan Roque, Jenny Perez, Jose Felix Perez and Nate Dee have created an epic set of murals for the Botanical Garden at MCC entitled WINDOWS TO OUR WORLD. The building’s architectural cathedral arches serve as the canvas for these talented artists. The four distinct pieces pay tribute to the array of cultures that have shaped the city's arts and culture landscape. The murals are the most intriguing artwork ever designed or created in this space at MCC.

 

“We are beyond excited to showcase the unique talent of these artists,” stated Camasha Cevieux, Director of Cultural Affairs overseeing MCC. “The murals grace the arched wall-scape next to our botanical garden and offer visitors the ability to reflect on their cultural heritage and those amongst our diverse community. They are truly Instagram-worthy,” she continued. “The artistic displays, which include the Love Pop exhibit by BB Musik, bring art to everyone in a beautiful, free public setting.”

 

The work depicted by the murals reflect the following themes:

 

Hispanic Heritage Month- Artist Ivan Roque has created a piece that celebrates his Hispanic heritage. His natural compositions and color selections reflect his background.

 

Black History- Artist Jenny Perez celebrates Black History through her creation of lively expressionist figures and are both beautiful and colorful. Her work reflects her energy and excitement.

 

Earth Month: Artist Jose Felix Perez has created a richly textured mural of colorful vegetation loaded with gorgeous organic patterns.

 

Caribbean Heritage: Artist Nate Dee’s work combines figures, animals and nature. His work is very thought-provoking and is influenced heavily by his Haitian heritage.

 

The introspective murals can be viewed at MCC’s botanical garden, located between the Miramar Cultural Center and Miramar City Hall, offers waterfront views and is also home to the Vanishing View public art glass exhibition by Alison Sky.

 

The Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark serves a diverse and vibrant community within the City; and offers art exhibits that seek to inspire, educate and entertain guests.

 

To learn more, visit MiramarCulturalCenter.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2020

Press Contact:

Office of Commissioner Yvette Colbourne

Phone: 954.602.3143|Email ycolbourne@miramarFL.gov

 

 

City of Miramar Commissioner Yvette Colbourne Sponsored Ordinance Establishing the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Commission on the Status of Women 

 

City of Miramar, Florida —The City of Miramar Commission unanimously approved an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Yvette Colbourne for the creation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to identifying and resolving economic, health, social and all other issues concerning women’s lives through education and advocacy. At the request of Colbourne, the ordinance was approved in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away just days before the ordinance was set for approval.

 

State Representative Elect Marie Woodson, who served as Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Commission for Women saluted Commissioner Colbourne on this effort. “I am excited and supportive of this bold move to advance the status of women,” she said. “Recognizing the importance of having a Commission for Women in the City of Miramar is monumental when women make up 51.8% of the City’s population.” 

 

“I’m proud to have sponsored this ordinance and of my colleagues for endorsing it with such strength and enthusiasm. Miramar will be a model for creating programs, policies and services that uplift women and ensure equal opportunities for everyone,” stated Commissioner Colbourne. “I look forward to the RGB Commission reviewing issues concerning health, equal pay and equity in contracting for women.” 

 

The RGB Commission on the Status of Women will make recommendations to the Miramar Commission based on studies, reports, and practices of the City. Anyone interested in serving on the RGB Commission on the Status of Women can apply at MiramarFL.gov/advisoryboards.  

 

About Commissioner Colbourne

Commissioner Yvette Colbourne was first elected as Miramar Commissioner in 2013. Commissioner Colbourne has a master’s of public administration degree, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is a graduate of the “Good Government Initiative” from the University of Miami’s Leaders of Excellence Program for Elected Officials. She served 30 years as a Miami Dade County Administrator, President of her Homeowner’s Association, Vice Chair of the City of Miramar Economic Development Board, Member of the Civil Service Advisory Board, and Member of the Broward County Diversity Committee. Commissioner Colbourne and her husband have lived for 26 years in the City of Miramar, where they raised their two children.