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Volunteer Award Winner:
Barbara Brownlie

Volunteer to Volunteer - July 2009

Detroit Institute of Arts Volunteer Barbara Brownlie Given July 2009 Volunteer-to-Volunteer Award

Brownlie grew up in Ypsilanti and attended Eastern Michigan University, receiving both Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in the Social Sciences with emphasis on the behavioral sciences and history.   Brownlie taught for 29 years in the Plymouth-Canton School district and was fortunate to teach every grade from 4th to 12th, but spent her last 16 years teaching history (Western Civilization and U. S.) at Plymouth Salem High School.  As a history teacher she incorporated art into her curriculum as a way to appreciate and understand civilizations studied. Brownlie’s life has been enriched greatly by studying art and volunteering as an Interpretive Programs Volunteer (IPV) at the DIA. It has been extremely rewarding for her to once again work with children and the beautiful art at the  DIA.

She is married to Ian Brownlie and is the proud parent of three sons, six grandsons and four granddaughters. Two of her grandsons are in the military; Jon, an Air Traffic controller in the Marines and Josh who is in the army and will be deployed to Iraq in July. She lives in Wolverine Lake and enjoys the pleasures of lake living. She and her husband enjoy traveling and have been to most European countries and several Latin American countries. They hope to travel more in the future.

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