Congrats to Joan Austin-Kaneshiro for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Alzheimer’s Family Services Center
Honoree Category: Health
Why Nominated: After working for more than 30 years as a law office administrator, Joan found her calling as a volunteer at Alzheimer’s Family Services Center (AFSC). Joan’s introduction into the world of dementia began in 2007 when her mother began to exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Unprepared for the journey ahead and wanting the best for her mother, Joan spent countless hours educating herself and learning to speak ‘dementia.’ She shares this special gift with our participants through her compassionate and loving interactions with them. Joan’s volunteer work at AFSC is a tribute to her mother, who passed away in 2012. Through her critical role supporting our administrative team, Joan finds comfort knowing that she is giving back to caregivers who are currently dealing with a memory-impaired loved one.
“Volunteering here is like being part of a family. It’s given me a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning. I never dreamed I could do this, but roles change after a death. I’ve learned that everyone is worth knowing. I’ve learned to listen. There is a feeling of achievement when you are making a difference.”
From securing donations and media coverage to coordinating volunteer activities, Joan’s passion for AFSC is unsurpassed. She is always contemplating new and innovative ways to further the agency’s mission and spread the word about how our life-changing services are impacting one of the most under-served populations in Orange County. Joan redefines the meaning of volunteerism everyday and we couldn’t be more grateful to have her as part of our team.
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