On Oct. 8, ten Haitian Americans were honored at an award ceremony in Passaic, NJ for their achievements in their respective fields. The first annual Creole Image Honors presented awards to: Wil Sylvince, a comedian and actor; Bergeson Leneus, president of the East Orange Board of Education; Stephan B. Durand, world-renowned chef; Hon. Sybil M. Elias, the first Haitian-American judge appointed to municipal court in New Jersey; Kervin Andre, award-winning artist; Dr. Ruth Celestin, award-winning plastic surgeon; Carel Pedre, radio and TV personality; Kangol Kid, hip-hop pioneer; Hon. Joseph M. Champagne, former mayor of South Toms River, NJ; and Melky Jean, Grammy-nominated nominated singer and songwriter.
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