Fifth Annual Community Thanksgiving Food Drive
Councilwoman Cunningham continued a five-year holiday tradition in District 1 of delivering turkeys and all the fixings to local residents in need of a holiday meal. “Working with Christ Fellowship Church Pastor Jorge Molina and Local Missions Director Gigi Delgado, we received bountiful Thanksgiving meal boxes pre-assembled by church volunteers,” the Councilwoman said. “They were very receptive and willing to help share some of their prepared meals to help our local residents.”
She also said she was honored to be able to carry on this Village Council initiative that was started five years ago by former Councilmember Patrick Fiore. “This is our third year of working on the project together,” she continued. Councilwoman Cunningham was joined again this year by Vice Mayor John Dubois as well as Mr. Fiore.
“Many people have gone through periods when they could use a helping hand. This is one of my favorite initiatives and I enjoy helping to make the deliveries to some of our housebound seniors and families that need a little assistance.” See Facebook Photo Gallery for more. NOV 21, 2015
Music for a Good Cause
Councilwoman Cunningham introduces vocal artist J-Sweet Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at his 5th Annual Christmas Toy Drive Concert at Starbuck’s (14795 South Dixie Hwy). Residents may bring a holiday gift in lieu of concert admission, to be donated to children of incarcerated parents. Miami-native J-Sweet has been playing piano, drums, and bass since age 10, and he manages 828 Productions. Contact J-Sweet for info. DEC 18, 2015
Teachers Join Forces in Clean Up
Local teachers joined forces with the Councilwoman in a community project Nov. 7 at Coral Reef Park. Biology Teacher Ray McGuire and Physics Teacher Orestes Mayo rallied student volunteers to help clean the Pine Rockland Preserve area along the Park's northwest perimeter by removing debris, loose clippings, and invasive species of plants. See the Councilwoman's Facebook and our Village photo gallery. NOV 7, 2015
Youth Council Conducts First Meeting
Councilmember Cunningham at Mayor Flinn attended the Youth Advisory Council's first meeting Oct. 26 as Council Liaisons at which Charles Noguera was elected Chair and Katie Signori was elected Secretary/Recorder. "This group is off to a great start and is filled with exciting new ideas on how to engage our community's youth in government and local events," the Councilwoman reported. OCT 26, 2015
"After Hours with Karyn"
Thanks for dropping by Starbucks on Old Cutler Road for coffee talk with the Councilwoman during her monthly "After Hours with Karyn," Oct. 28. Residents arrived with questions, ideas, and concerns regarding Village policy and projects, parks, public works, and police. This after-work program is designed to enhance citizen access to the elected official representing Palmetto Bay's District 1. OCT 28, 2015
Karyn Cunningham was elected to Council Seat 1 on Nov. 4, 2014. A native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High, Councilmember Cunningham graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Florida in 1985 and holds certification in Elementary Education and Psychology. She received her Urban Education Certification from Florida International University in 1987. Karyn and her family have lived in the Village of Palmetto Bay since 1995. She has one daughter, Megan.
Councilmember Cunningham is an accomplished teacher, community activist, and advocate for education. She began her career teaching first grade and has been with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 18 years. During her time as a classroom teacher, Karyn worked closely with the PTA to bring additional programming and activities to our school community. In 2004, Karyn took her career outside the classroom by serving with United Teachers of Dade as a Government & Community Engagement Specialist. Currently, she assists in the development of an effective education policy plan and provides year-round public affairs and community relations support, locally and with the State of Florida in Tallahassee.
Councilmember Karyn Cunningham was appointed to the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Education Advisory Compact Council in 2012, and in 2013 was appointed to the Village’s Education Advisory Committee, which oversees the implementation of the compact.
A graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber’s Leadership Miami Class of 2012, Councilmember Cunningham is actively involved on the boards of many local not-for-profit organizations. She serves as Vice-President of The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, and serves on the Common Threads Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of The Yaegar Foundation. She was recently appointed Chair of the Chamber South Education and Business Coalition.
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