Guerrero to Honor “Immigrants of the Year for 2014” – Ceremony in Acapulco on December 5, 2014

The National Migration Institute (INM) in the state of Guerrero will celebrate its fourteenth annual “International Migrants Day” on December 5, 2014. The year, the ceremony will be held in Acapulco to honor several immigrants from within the state, including Patrick Ward Crosby and Dennis Carlton Ferguson from the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. The award ceremony will be held at La Piazza, the Imperial World Resort in the Diamond Zone at 5:00 p.m.

The International Migrants Day has been celebrated since 2000 following a proclamation by the General Assembly of the United Nations that recognized the increase of migration flows in the world. In 1990, the Assembly also adopted the United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

According to the National Migration Institute, the foreign population in Guerrero is 2,147, out of the total state population of over 3.4 million. The foreign nationalities with most presence in the state are US, Canadian, Cuban, Chinese, French, German, Colombian, Italian, Spanish and Guatemalan.

2014 Distinguished Immigrants of the Year

 Patrick Ward Crosby, a US citizen and General Director of the WA-GRO Foundation that supports education, culture, art, health, economy, and the environment (ecology). The foundation created the “Learning Foundation” program, working with special needs children with all types of disabilities. Mr. Ward resides in the Troncones, an outlining area of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Patrick Ward Crosby

WAGRO Foundation

Dennis Carlton Ferguson, a Canadian, is founder of the Volando del Sol group home in Barrio Nuevo that is also near Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. The home provides shelter to orphans, and to abused and financially troubled children. The children receive care and education centered on faith, family and the future.

Dennis Fuergson


Zoila Gazga Salinas, originally from Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero, is a resident of Santa Anna, California, USA. She is president of the Asociación Civil Unidos por Cuajinicuilapa (United for  Cuajinicuilapa Foundation), and owns and operates Moles Doña Elo. She works to improve the infrastructure of Cuajinicuilapa, and to create jobs for Mexican migrants in America.


Fedra Miguel Quintana, originally from Iguala de la Independencia, Guerrero, is a resident of Anaheim California, USA. She is president and founder of Club Unidos por Iguala Ca, U.S.A that provides medical care and repatriation of people from that city. She also works to improve the infrastructure in the municipality of Iguala, and is a cultural promoter of Guerrero in the United States.

Karim Gilles Djellit of French nationality is director of the Festival Francés to promote cultural exchange between France and Guerrero, and to develop programs of social cohesion such as a mural painted in his neighborhood of Petaquillas, Guerrero. He has also organized a young chef’s competition and a contemporary dance competition.

Ron Lavender, a US citizen, is vice president of the World Cataract Foundation of Mexico, and vice-chairman of the Friends of Acapulco Foundation that helps the population in Mexico to restore sight through surgery, training, and research. The foundation provides financial assistance to needy children in Acapulco, supports orphanages, and provides donations for braces, scholarships for education, transportation therapies, and surgeries.


Residents and visitors in the Acapulco area are invited to attend the ceremony (no cost). Entertainment will include a mariachi band, traditional folklore ballet from Guerrero, and Cuban music. There will also be a gastronomic exhibition with international dishes, sponsored by foreigners, associations, schools, hotels and restaurants.

Please note that foreign residents in other parts of Guerrero are note advised to travel to Acapulco at this time. (See:US Embassy Prohibits Road Travel in Guerrero -Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are OK)

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