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Volunteer Award Winner:
Jane Strand

Speakers Bureau - February 2007

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Jane Strand attended Wellesley College, spent her junior year in Paris studying French, and received her BA from the University of Minnesota. She received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University.

Strand moved to Detroit from Benton Harbor, MI in 1995. She joined the Art to the Schools Committee (ATS) 10 years ago and joined Speakers Bureau (SB) two years later. Speakers Bureau brings slides and a projector to various adult groups in libraries, nursing homes, garden clubs, etc. Jane gives three art talks: 1. “Children of the World” 2. “Perfectly Clear: The Art of Glass,” and 3. “Spirit of the African American Artist.” Strand enjoys being a DIA volunteer. “The DIA is such a gem in Detroit.”

Before coming to Detroit, Strand taught French in Benton Harbor High School and at Lake Michigan College. Since then she has been busy in the community. Strand is a volunteer twice a week on WDET-DRIS (Detroit Radio Information Service), a radio-reading service for people with disabilities. She reads “The American Way” from Time Magazine, “What’s Cooking,” and “Food Ads.”

Strand is an Adult Literacy Tutor for Pro Literacy Detroit, and on the State Board of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as the Public Relations Director. Her project was The United Michigan Coalition to Defeat Proposal 2. She is also on the Palmer Woods Association Board of Directors. Strand chairs the Annual Holiday Home Tour.

Strand and her husband, Vernon, have been married 42 years. They have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.


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