Bernard Celestin was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in December of 1956. He lived in Haiti long enough to attend kindergarten, prior to his move to Monrovia, Liberia, where he attended elementary and junior high school. As a "military brat", it was no surprise that Bernard made one more trip to New York, where he attended high school. After working for the Togo mission to the United Nations and serving in the Army, Bernard proceeded to move to Aurora, where he met his wife Robbyn, who he has been married to for 28 of his 30 years in Aurora. They have three children, one of whom is currently serving in the US Air Force.
Bernard has lived at his home in Ward II for 20 years. During his time there, he has remained highly involved in his community. He continues to serve as a Civil Service Commissioner since his appointment in 2008. In the years prior, Bernard spent eight years as a Human Relations Commissioner, a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Key Community Response Team (KCRT). During this time, he made it a point to remain highly engaged with groups he holds near and dear to his heart, such as youth, becoming a volunteer and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. As a global citizen, Bernard found it important to maintain his connection with the international community, hence spending eight years serving as the President of the International Cross Cultural Network of Aurora (ICCNA). As President, he provided cultural assistance to businesses and individuals in the form of interpretations, translations and related services. While global affairs and international cultures are important to Bernard, equally important is the acknowledgement and preservation of the rich cultural heritage of the City of Aurora. To facilitate this, he became a member of the Kaleidoscope Aurora Council, a group facilitated by the City of Aurora Community Relations Division, with a mission to use the arts as a medium for promoting enlightenment and entertainment for the public.
Bernard's work extends beyond the borders of the great City of Aurora. As US Army Veteran, his pride and love for the United State of America has continued to grow since spending eight years as a supervisor for the Department of Homeland Security at the Denver International Airport and serving on the Host Committee for the Denver Summit of the Eight as the Canadian Delegation Ambassadorial Liaison. Bernard continued his engagements on a national level, serving as a Panel Moderator for the National Black Chamber of Commerce Conference.
Not only does Bernard have a passion for Aurora, but he also has a vision of how to make this great City even greater. His past experiences reflect traits including collaboration, communication, hard work and humility. It is these same traits and more, that he will bring to City Council, should you help get him into office. Bernard plans on collaborating with the City of Denver to improve the Metro Area as a whole, he plans on communicating with his peers on Council, working hard to take necessary measures in making Aurora a better venue for families and businesses, and humbling himself by casting his personal opinions aside to pick up the concerns of his constituents and vote based on their needs on a grassroots level.
Please navigate through the website to learn more about Bernard Celestin; his vision for Aurora, his platform, pictures and more. Don't forget to like his Facebook Page and Follow him on Twitter. We hope to see you at our next event.
NEXT EVENT: Thursday, September 19 2013
15490 E. Colfax Ave., Unit B
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