Ft Lauderdale, January 26, 2022 – Two Jamaicans residing in South Florida have received Congressional recognition on Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2022.

Carson “Eddy” Edwards (left) and Steve Higgins, recognized for their community service

Steve Higgins and Carson ‘Eddy’ Edwards both accepted the special Congressional awards ‘in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community at the inaugural “Rise with Perspective -Living in Gratitude Today” Symposium held in Davie, Florida. 

The Symposium, brainchild of Nouchelle Hastings, has its mission, “to show how Living in Gratitude Today can improve your mental health and self-esteem, so that you can create a life you love.” “MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities,” says Hastings, “so we selected this commemorative moment to recognize the dedication and commitment of persons whose lives are the epitome of Living in Gratitude Today! Their selfless acts of kindness are gratifying in so many ways”, she said.

The award was given under the auspices of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. It was presented by the Mayor of Davie, Judy Paul, who thanked Higgins for “bringing service to the elderly, the sick and especially our children in need and for sharing your golden voice.”

This signature event was put on by an entire team of Gratitude Champions and was hosted by the capable Davie Chamber Executive Director, Raphael Walters.

Fifteen residents of Broward County were honored at this inspiring and high-octane event which saw motivational presentations from featured speakers, who all told their stories.

Higgins, a resident of Davie, also received a proclamation from the Davie Jazz Society for his contribution to that organization. He is a singer (Tenor), (Jamaican) cultural ambassador, and musician who brought joy to many through his music at numerous events throughout the pandemic. His community involvement – from the front-line medical staff at hospitals to kids at children’s homes, from civic functions to the broader South Florida community. He is the founding Director of the South Florida Caribbean Chorale and Chairman of Partners For Youth Foundation (501c3). He volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County.

Eddy Edwards is a marketing executive at Riddims Marketing, a radio personality, vice-chair for Partners For Youth Foundation, and CEO of the Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, which hosts the largest Food Festival annually in South Florida.

For more information on “Living in Gratitude Today,” visit https://livingingratitudetoday.com/