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gnnitions D honors D awards D recognitions JOURNAL Winter 2017 s67 University. She was a speech and language pathologist in the United States as well as in Stuttgart, Germany, and taught second grade in both locations before being promoted as elementary school principal in Accomack County in 1992. Soror Hall feels deeply that education is not limited to a traditional classroom. She stated that, “The only way to succeed is to learn your 3 Ds: Have Drive, Dedication, and Determination.” In keeping with Maya Angelou’s quote, “Soror Hall’s mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” s Soror Jacqueline Jackson, a long time advocate for the blind, was honored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), as the 80th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. The ceremony occurred during the Assembly’s annual Women of the Year ceremony, which is celebrated every March as part of the commemoration of Women’s History Month. “I’m in awe of Jacqueline. She lost her vision at a young age, and has gone on to accomplish much for herself while giving so much to others,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Jacqueline has spent her entire life advocating for and empowering disabled people – particularly blind people – by helping them lead lives of dignity and independence, and I’m honored to recognize her as the 80th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.” Soror Jackson was declared legally blind at the age of 11. She graduated from San Diego State University. She received her master’s degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Non-Profit Business Management from the University of San Diego. In her professional life, Soror Jackson is a leading non-profit management consultant, with a career spanning more than 30 years in the non-profit sector and social services. She spent many years as director of employment services for San Diego’s Independent Living Center, the Community Service Center for the Disabled. She serves as president of the San Diego Braille Club, an affiliate of the California Society for the Blind. She also serves as the Blind and Low Vision representative for the Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Equipment Program Advisory Committee. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown to serve on the State Independent Living Council, and the following year, Governor Brown also appointed Soror Jackson to the State Rehabilitation Council. Soror Jackson was initiated into the San Diego Alumnae Chapter on January 29, 1999. Soror Jackson is also the founding president of the San Diego Delta Foundation. s Ms. Ella Goode Johnson has been appointed to the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Affairs Commission (CAC) by Dallas City Councilman Casey Thomas of District 3, to serve a two year term. The CAC’s primary responsibility is to provide cultural leadership and make recommendations to implement the City Council’s cultural policy and promote both the scope and excellence of the arts in order to improve the quality of life in the City of Dallas. In this role, Commissioner Johnson is responsible for making recommendations concerning: • The establishment and implementation of cultural policies and procedures, including cultural diversity • The design, operation and use of city facilities devoted to the arts and other cultural activities • Encouraging the development of cultural programs and activities involving emerging cultural organizations and artists, with special emphasis on the development of ethnic and minority artists and arts organizations • The expenditure of city funds on cultural programs, facilities and organizations • The creation of opportunities for all citizens of the city to have access to the arts and the means of cultural expression Specifically, Commission Johnson serves on the Allocations and Cultural Equity Committees and is the liaison to the board of directors of Art Reach. According to Commissioner Johnson, “this is a great time to be of service to the City of Dallas in a role I am passionate about, the Arts, which helps individuals connect to each other in so many ways and especially to enhance the artistic and educational benefits afforded to our young people.” Commissioner Johnson is a past president of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. s


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