2018 Joan Crocker Award!

By Samantha Parker

The Joan Crocker award was created to foster and honour exemplary volunteer community and civic leadership of actively participating members of the Canadian Junior Leagues. The award recognizes actively participating members who embrace and demonstrate exemplary volunteer community and civic leadership. It is also intended to bring an increased awareness of the Canadian Federation of Junior Leagues to the entire membership of Canadian Junior Leagues.

Congratulations to our Joan Crocker Award winner Janine Robin!

“This is my favourite award to submit nominations for, and I couldn’t think of a better recipient. Janine has held several key placements within the League. Janine is always the most well-known, well-dressed woman in the room. She is an instant friend and someone you always wish you saw more of. But what impresses me the most about Janine is how she leads her teams – with energy, professionalism, and integrity. Lucky for the community, she shares those qualities with many organizations outside of the Junior League. She is a dedicated community volunteer and showcases leadership in everything that she does – and those qualities are exactly what this award is about!” – Phalyn Chenard, President-Elect

How long have you been a JLE member?

I joined the JLE in 2012 and my project was Kids in the Kitchen which was a blast!

What does it mean to you to receive this Award?

I feel so humble about receiving this award. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that the league has provided me with. Learning to be a board member, working on the biggest fundraisers within the League, gaining valuable friendships, improving our community and impacting those in need in a positive way. So as I become a Sustainer this was an amazing award to receive to capture all of the years that I have dedicated to the League! I feel honoured!

What is your favorite memory in your time with the league?

Probably when Hannah and I borrowed Anne Tweedle’s van for H4TH wrap-up, driving around to each home picking up the large items. I think we were still running on adrenaline from the start of the event that just laughed the entire time over everything (funny or not!). The madness was soon to be over!!!

What is one thing that everyone can do to improve the climate for Junior League internationally?

Talk. Talk about the League. Communicate what we do, and how we make a difference, the more people that are aware about the League the better the League will become – locally and internationally!

Do you have any advice for new and active JLE Members?

Be present. Attend as many events, DIADS, meetings, etc., that you can – you will always feel so great after leaving. They empower you and lift you up and you continue to learn more about the League and yourself, and why you do what you do!

What or who inspires you and why?

I feel like most people inspire me. Every individual has a story behind him or her, so to me, I try to find inspiration from everyone I meet. However, my oldest sister, Leanne, continues to inspire me more and more as I grow – she is a hard-worker (runs her own company in California), is charismatic, and so determined, and through all of life’s ups and downs that she has conquered, she continues to be confident, happy, and brave, and never gives up! I admire her strength.

Congratulations Janine! As you move on to be a Sustainer, we can’t wait to see what other ways you will continue to impact community! 🙂