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Community organizer honored with Sister Peter Claver award
the Inland Register
(From the Nov. 12, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
Joyce Jones is the recipient of this year’s Sister Peter Claver award. (IR photo courtesy of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital)
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital recently presented the 2009 Sister Peter Claver Award to Joyce Jones, a community organizer who has spent more than 50 years advocating for services in the Hillyard area of Spokane.
The Sister Peter Claver Award is given annually to recognize community members who exemplify the spirit and commitment of Providence Sister Peter Claver, Sacred Heart’s administrator for more than three decades.
“Joyce is the kind of citizen every community needs,” said Chief Operating Officer Elaine Couture when presenting the award. Jones “has organized everything from trash pick-ups to help clean up her neighborhood, to advocating for Spokane’s first skate park so the area youth would have a safe place for recreation. She continues to provide leadership for the Northeast Community Center – which she helped develop – in order that low-income families would have easy access to child care, health care, energy assistance, food, and more. It was also Joyce’s idea to use 48 local plots to create community gardens so residents of the Hillyard neighborhood have access to healthy meals for their families.”
Jones also has been active in other organizations, such as the League of Women Voters, her church, Spokane Public Schools, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, KSPS-TV’s “Friends of Seven,” and the Spokane Public Library.
Her involvement has assisted in the development of 13 title schools in poverty-stricken areas, a satellite program for after-school care, expansion of housing for senior citizens and support for Russian-American families in Spokane.
“You just never stop working,” said Jones, “because there is always more to do.”