TLHS is the offspring of Center for Education, Training, and Holistic Approaches, Inc. (CETHA), a non-profit organization formed in March 2000 and incorporated in June 2000.
The organization was founded by Joseph M. Bernadel, a retired US Army Officer, and former Lynn University professor/poetry therapist Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D., to provide multilingual, inter-generational, and culturally sensitive training and education that address all aspects of the whole person (intellectual, emotional, practical, physical).
They teamed up with Dr. Deri Joy Ronis, therapist and conflict resolution educator, to begin to offer programs to people of all walks of life, for the purposes of promoting social justice in our community and increasing the social/economic parity of the people of South Florida.
About Toussaint L'Ouverture
The name Toussaint L'Ouverture refers to the brilliant liberator of the Haitian people, who fought for equality between the slaves of Haiti and the French Colonial Empire.
Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803) prepared the way for the independence of Haiti in 1804. Although he did not live to see that victory, his name represents the aspirations of people everywhere seeking freedom and justice.
We have chosen the name to promote social equality in our community and to honor the significant contributions of the Haitian people. Just as a school named for Thomas Jefferson or George Washington represents leadership and equality without indicating any racial preference, we embrace the name Toussaint L'Ouverture to demonstrate the very concept of social justice.
Likewise, students will be recruited from all ethnicities, nationalities, race, ability level, and gender.
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