Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Haitian Flag Day was in the spotlite at Walt Disney Word Resort

By Herve Gilbert
French Version
The cast-members are dressed
to the Haitian style.                  
The celebration of the Haitian flag  was in the spotlight once again this year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando on Monday, May 18, 2015.

The commemoration at the Disney's Coronado Springs Convention Center began at 11:00 AM and ended around  3:00  in the afternoon

This very significant event was the initiative of PULSE,  a Diversity and Inclusion  Resource Group  at the Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members interested in the cultural, educational, and professional development of Cast Members of African and Caribbean descent.

This cultural event dedicated to the Haitian Flag Day was an opportunity to highlight the Haitian culture through its art, painting, food and music.

Flag  day for Haïtians  everywhere is a special day. Though a National event, the flag represents a symbol for the country and its independence. The two-tone flag, made up of blue and red  for Haitians is also a reminder of the strength that comes from unity.

Rilous Carter  (right), is the Vice-President of  Catering
 and Convention Services & Operation Event & Parck at
Walt Disney World.                                                             
During the activities, both cultural and patriotic, we noted  the presence of special guests; Laurent Prosper, the Haitian Consul of Orlando, Rilous J Carter the Vice President of Catering and Convention Services and Operation Event and Park at Walt Disney World, Phelicia Dell, fashion designer  for Vèvè collections. Also present,  Michael Benjamin  a well-known Haitian artist who came especially for this occasion during which he sang his song  Mikaben "Ayiti Se" whose  lyrics  were translated into English. We also want to acknowledge the presence of some employees leaders of Haitian origin that made part of Walt Disney World; Haitian Executive Managers, Reginald Lambert (Reggie) and Marjorie Colas, who is also a former Ambassador at Walt Disney World.

It was a Haitian ambiance where steaming Haitian dishes were exclusively made for the day.
Some Haitian Leaders at WDW
We must also note that after the English and Hispanic speaking workers community, Haitians represent the highest percentage of workers at Walt Disney World of Orlando. They are several thousands and  found in almost all areas of Hospitality (Housekeeping), Catering, Landscaping/gardening, Custodial, Stewarding, Transportation, Merchandise, Engineering, Parks, etc. Haitian cast members or (employees) make up the working class and work incredibly hard to bring unparalleled entertainment experiences to the guests and the diverse audience that visit Walt Disney World every day. They represent a valuable asset to this great company (theme park), that make Orlando the top tourist city in the United States. The Pulse initiative is appreciated to the extent that it can also help employees develop their potential. This will in turn, help Walt Disney World continue to prosper, through its cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is not a simple natural state that we must observe and respect; it is the plurality of knowledge, wisdom and dynamism that contributes to improving the world.

A Haitian woman wearing
her flag all over
The human race has about 6000 ethnic groups and as many languages. This difference naturally gives rise to differences in vision, value, belief, practice and expression that each deserve respect and dignity. Cultural diversity is a collective force for humanity.

Two Haitian Cast-
We find those cast-members as we said above  in most maintenance services, cleaning, housekeeping, transportation and kitchen;There are approximitely around 12,000 cast members of Haitian origin working at Walt Disney World. They are found most of them fell into these positions due to the language barrier when they arrived to the U.S. and are obliged to remain to work to support themselves and their parents in  Haiti.

May Pulse continue to flourish more in culture, education and the development of Cast members from Africa and the Caribbean. Their development would facilitate their integration into the American society and for the benefit of Walt Disney World. For we must not forget the PULSE motto: Lead, Serve and Excel.

By Herve Gilbert

More Pictures from the Event

The Haitian Consul Laurent Prosper on the left 

Phelicia Dell 

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