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“I consider service a basic human need. Service, when done well, fulfills that need for all involved – provider, recipient, organization. For me, service means the opportunity to use my energy and skills for good.”

JoAnn is a native of Kansas City and spent most of her career as an educator, with a few years off to raise her two children. Even during her time as a stay-at-home mom, she was active in volunteering with the Junior League of Independence, and has continued that life of service into retirement. When her parents faced illness and end-of-life issues, JoAnn says Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care was a gift to her whole family, so she trained to become a facilitator at Solace House and has done that work for almost a decade. At age 65, she was accepted into the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Docent Program and says that work is “a joy.” She also is a facilitator for a local child sexual abuse and awareness program and is a member of the Racial Justice Committee at her church. She indeed lives out that opportunity to use her energy and skills for good.

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