Keynote Speaker – Mack Bernard
Mack Bernard was elected to the Palm Beach County Commission, District 7 in 2016 and was the first Black male and Haitian-American Palm Beach County Commissioner. In 2018 he was appointed Mayor.
Commissioner Bernard comes from humbling beginnings. He was an orphan that never met his birth parents. Mack Migrated to the United State as an unaccompanied child with his sister. Despite the challenges and setbacks, Mack persevered and always kept his faith.
Currently, Mack Bernard is the Chairman for the Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice and Board Member for the Color of Hope Foundation. Mack graduated with honors from Florida State University; earning Bachelors in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and graduating with honors from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
Mack and his wife Shawn are raising their three daughters here and are very proud to be part of the Palm Beach County Family.
President of Quantum Foundation
Harriet Goldstein Award Recipient
Families First’s Impact on Society
Families First of Palm Beach County is one of the leading child social service nonprofits in the county. The agency’s main goal is to create change that promotes healthy births, healthy child and family development, school readiness and increases a family’s ability to be self-reliant. From conducting home visits and assess possible abuse, to supporting grandparents who are now faced with the difficult task of caring for a child, they work hard each day to create successful outcomes.
Child welfare services, hospitalization, school dropouts, special education and juvenile justice costs our community approximately $105,131 a year per abused child. As a member of our community, each and every one of us has and will continue to financially support children and families who struggle each day. The good news is Families First effectively prevents child abuse and neglect for an average of just $2,100 a year per child. In other words, taxpayers are saving approximately $103,000 a year per healthy child due to the work of Families First of Palm Beach County.