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Haitian Women of Miami Honors MDC’s Professor Marie Etienne at its 18th Annual Spirit of Justice Gala

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Dr. Marie O. Etienne, MDC nursing professor

Miami, March 24, 2011 - Throughout the entire month of March, women all over the country are honored for their achievements and contributions to society. And at Miami Dade College (MDC), there are several individuals deserving of such recognition. One of them is longtime community servant and MDC nursing professor Dr. Marie O. Etienne, who was honored recently for her professional accomplishments and commitment to helping others by the Haitian Women of Miami, Inc. 

Founded in 1991, Fan Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM) is an advocacy and social service agency located in the heart of Little Haiti, serving the needs of low income women and their families as well as victims of abuse, neglect, violence, discrimination and racism.

During the organization’s Annual Spirit of Justice Gala, Dr. Etienne received many accolades for being a community-oriented individual, a servant leader, and role model for all nurses. FANM collaborates with other organizations in the community, including MDC and the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (HANA) to promote health and wellness through education and prevention.

During the organization’s 18th Annual Spirit of Justice Gala, Dr. Etienne received many accolades for being a community-oriented individual, a servant leader, and role model for all nurses. 

The Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) also deemed Dr. Etienne as “a highly accomplished woman, an excellent educator and clinician, a champion and a leader in the nursing industry. She embodies the spirit of service, caring, and giving.”

Dr. Etienne was one of several recipients of FANM's Marie-Claire Heureuse Leadership Award, which acknowledged her service to the community in Florida, Dominican Republic, and Haiti at its Annual Spirit of Justice Gala on March 12, 2011. 

Dr. Etienne also received a certificate of appreciation from City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado for lasting support and contribution to the South Florida community and special recognition from North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre, Esq., for her work in aiding and caring for Haiti’s earthquake victims at the gala. 

Additionally, as a leader and community servant leader, Dr. Etienne was recently appointed by the National Black Nurses Association President Debra Toney to serve in the National Nursing Committee of the American Red Cross. Dr. Etienne was also honored Haitian Woman of the Year by The National Center of the Haitian Apostolate (NCHA) this month. 

“Dr. Etienne is a highly accomplished woman, an outstanding asset to the Haitian community, and a wonderful role model for our youth,” said the NCHA’s Frère Buteau (Brother Tob).

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