Mission Statement

The mission of the Coalition for the Barbados Association of Central Florida (CBAOCF), otherwise known as Central Florida Bajans (CFL Bajans), is to encourage networking and to promote kinship among Barbadians (Bajans) living in Central Florida. Our association maintains avenues of communication between Barbadians in Central Florida and their homeland Barbados, and fosters educational, cultural, and business operations, to further the joint interests of Bajans in both regions in an open, friendly environment.

Who we are

The Coalition for the Barbados Association of Central Florida (CBAOCF), otherwise known as the Central Florida Bajans (CFL Bajans), started in 1991, and currently has a membership affiliation of approximately 150 individuals. Over the past 27 years, we have made significant contributions to the local Central Florida community, and to charities, individuals, and schools in Barbados. This includes our adoption and support of the St. Lucy District Hospital in Barbados, and the offering of an annual scholarship to a worthy student of Bajan (Barbadian) heritage who resides in our local community.


Meet our Executive Board members for 2017 - 2019

President of CFLBajans

Dale Husbands

President

Dr. Dale Husbands has been a member of the association since its inception in 1991. He migrated to the U.S.A. in 1975. In 1980, Dale joined the United States Air Force as a computer specialist. Currently, he is a tenured professor at Valencia Community College, in Information Technology.

Vice president of CFLBajans

Rodney Marshall

Vice President

Mr. Rodney Marshall has been a member of the association since its inception in 1991. He migrated to the U.S.A. in October 1973. In 1984, Rodney started the mortgage brokerage business "Marshall Mortgage" which continues to provide excellent service to the Central Florida community.

Treasurer

Dennis Morris

Treasurer

Mr. Dennis “Deputy” Morris is a retired Orange County Deputy Sheriff, having served twenty-three years both as a patrol deputy, and an elementary D.A.R.E. and middle school Resource Officer. After his retirement, he rekindled his love for real estate and is currently a realtor.

Recording Secretary of CFLBajans

Charlene Humphrey

Recording Secretary

Ms. Charlene Humphrey was born and raised in the Bajan culture under the influence of her maternal grandmother and parents. Charlene joined the association in 2013. She has a BA in Psychology and Business from the College of New Rochelle, and has worked in the business industry since 1985.

Corresponding Secretary of CFLBajans

Tyrell Pile

Corresponding Secretary

Assistant Treasurer of CFLBajans

Marquez Griffin

Assistant Treasurer

Marquez spent his early years between the parishes of St. Joseph, St.George, and St. Philip, before emigrating in 1997. To escape cold weather, he first moved to Melbourne, FL, before relocating to Orlando, Tampa, then back to Orlando. Currently, he works in Airport Operations at Orlando International Airport.

Recording Secretary of CFLBajans

Ruan Humphrey

Parliamentarian

I was born in my maternal grandmother's small, warm, cozy chattel house in Cave Hill. Upon joining my parents in the U.S., I dreamt of Barbados for many nights. In 2012, I joined the CBAOCF where I’ve found another family. I am a licensed mental health counselor and a deacon, ordained by the Anglican Mission in America.

Member at Large

Natasha Thorne-Forbes

Member-at-Large

We work to open and maintain avenues of communication between Barbadians in Central Florida and their homeland; and to foster educational, cultural and business operations to further the interests of Barbadians in both regions. Check what we do and our friends!

   
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What we do

The CFL Bajans promote kinship amongst Barbadians living in Central Florida, and serve as a resource for Bajans integrating into American culture.

   
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Where we are from

The CFL Bajans have roots in the beautiful island of Barbados.

 
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Join us

Get 'PLUGGED IN' to the CFL Bajans!

Join us at one of our monthly meetings held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s of the Angels Church, 6316 Matchett Road, Orlando, Florida.

The next meeting is August 18th, 2018 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Membership

Get PLUGGED INTO ALL! Becoming a member allows you to:

  • participate in the monthly meetings fun and fellowship
  • be philanthropic amongst your fellow Bajans in Florida, to the Floridian community, and to the Barbadian diaspora
  • grow in your home away from home

Join now/ renew!
   
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