On Saturday, March 31st Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief hosted the 9th Annual Egg-A-Palooza, sponsored by her company, South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc. The event was held at Miramar Regional Park and was attended by hundreds of children and their families.
Egg-A-Palooza 2018 was created as a family celebration that endows children with a sense of belonging and provides families with a communal celebration of the Spring holiday. The event occurs on the Saturday before Easter Sunday every year.
Ms. Sharief, former Mayor, is the current District 8 Commissioner of Broward County. Ms. Sharief debuted in politics in 2009 when she was elected to the Miramar City Commission. She served as Vice-Mayor in 2010. In November of 2010, she was elected to the Broward County Commission District 8 seat where she currently serves the diverse population of the cities of Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines and West Park. In 2012-2013 she was selected by her colleagues to service as Vice-Mayor of Broward County and as Mayor of Broward County for 2013-2014.
In November 2014, Ms. Sharief was sworn in to serve her second term as County Commissioner for Commission District 8. She also served a second term as Mayor from 2016-2017. Barbara Sharief brings a record of honesty, integrity, and respect to her work as a member of the Broward County Commission. Ms. Sharief is also known for a professional commitment to strengthen the community with her cohesive plans to reach out and stay in touch with the culturally diverse population of her district. Her record of advocacy for stopping homelessness and preventing foreclosures in Broward County has placed her in an elite place within South Florida’s most popular political figures.
A native of South Florida, Barbara Sharief was raised within Broward and Dade County. In the past twenty-five years, Ms. Sharief has borne witness to many dramatic changes and tumultuous events that have taken place across many communities in her district, ranging from the shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. Her leadership managing these and other crises was praised by numerous media and political entities.
Egg-A-Palooza 2018 is but one example of how Barbara Sharief integrates her public duties with the community while utilizing her role as President of South Florida Pediatric Homecare as an avenue for philanthropic endeavors.
Ms. Sharief describes her impetus for the Easter event: “Being raised within a family of 10 with eight siblings, I learned to appreciate the importance of getting along with others and valuing the nurturing years of childhood. Egg-A-Palooza is my way of going back to my childhood in a way, and teaching my children the value of helping others while having a good time doing it.”
As a product of the public school system; she graduated from North Miami Senior High School and immediately started Miami Dade Community College. She later graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1992. She went on to obtain an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Miami Dade Community College in 1994. Continuing her educational pursuit she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 from Florida International University. In 2000 she obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Degree from Florida International University.