There are many factors that help make Signature HealthCare a unique company and corporation among the healthcare industry. One of these is its emphasis and its importance in its honoring and respecting of the cultural diversities that are represented in each of its nation wide facilities.
A great example of this importance was manifested in Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Garden’s first annual NATIONAL HAITIAN FLAG DAY ceremony. Recognizing that a large group of it’s C N A’s and nurses, including the facility’s Administrator and DON are natives of the HAITI nation, this strong and active community within the facility, organized its very first National Flag Day celebration in honor of Haiti’s 210th celebration of the creation of its flag celebrated every 18th of May.
As described in an article by maps of the world.com., “the colors of the Haitian flag reflect Haiti’s status as a former French colony, using the red and blue from the French flag. The story behind this resemblance is that the revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag from the French flag, removing the white center and rotating the stripes, the blue and red left to represent Haitians, symbolically removing any remnants of white influence. The blue represented the former slaves and the red represented the mulatto population, who are people of mixed black and white ancestry.”
The flag first came into use in 1806, and was made official by the national constitution on February 25, 2012.
In a spirit of unity and festivity, filled with music, dancing and typical nationalize Haitian food, the Haitian Stakeholders of Brookwood Gardens put on a show and party worthy of their nations love and pride for their flag and what it represents. As chaplain Eddie, the facility’s, Director of Spirituality summarized it, “This celebration and festival has been long in coming. Brookwood Garden’s Haitian Stakeholders are hard workers and this type of family oriented festivities will not only help them realize the love and importance their culture represent here at Brookwood, but will also help raise their morale and commitment in their unconditional service and care to our residents.”
L’Union Fait La Force,” which means “Unity is Strength” is the motto that is written in the Haitian flag. There is no doubt that this first national Haitian Flag day ceremony at Brookwood Gardens, will strengthen the unity among all of its Haitian Stakeholders and their fellow co-worker and team members as well; Unity is Strength!
Eddie Santana, J.C.D., M.A., M.Div.
Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens