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First Coast Connect

05/13/15: Cuba Relations; Strike The Rock Water; NAMI Jacksonville; Monique Burr Foundation

As the U.S. works to normalize relations with Cuba, we speak with John Caulfield, retired American diplomat and former Chief of Mission with the US Interests Section in Havana, about what we could expect in the coming months in years for the island nation. As Havana’s senior U.S. diplomat, Caulfield achieved agreements on immigration, environmental protection, civil aviation and cultural exchange; championed the aspirations of ordinary Cubans to increase their political rights and economic opportunities in a difficult environment.  

In our Going Green segment, First Coast resident Gina Cavalieri tells us about how her nonprofit Strike the Rock is working to provide clean drinking water to people around the world.

As the nation marks Mental Health Awareness Month, we speak with Linda Gregory and Peggy Jennings of the Jacksonville chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) about providing support for and fighting the stigma of mental illness.

And we get a preview of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children's "A Night at Roy's" event to benefit their Child Safety Matters bullying and child abuse prevention program. Lynn Layton, Executive Director of Monique Burr Foundation, and Stacy Pendarvis, MBF’s Child Safety Matters Program Director, join us.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.