Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meet Joanne Pearson - 2012 Woman of Distinction

Joanne Pearson has devoted herself to the benefit of those around her at her university, in her community and throughout the state of Alabama. She currently serves as co-vice president of fellowship and service for Athens State University’s Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association.
As service unit manager of Girl Scout Service Unit 34 in Madison County, Pearson has increased the unit’s size by 300 percent, from 80 to 260 girls. She has actively worked to create partnerships with Recycle America, Firefighters Union and many other organizations to create opportunities for girls to perform service projects for their communities.
Pearson earned the title of Ms. Wheelchair Alabama in 2010. In this role, she served as an advocate, speaking to numerous organizations about excelling beyond one’s adversity and the abilities of those who are disabled. She continues to build connections in the community to help develop future leaders who will make the world a better place. 

Pearson says, “My proudest accomplishment is being able to share my knowledge as a Girl Scout, advocate and mother to help people succeed at their goals.”