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Volunteer Award Winner:
Shirleyanne Schlang

Volunteer to Volunteer - July 2010

After retiring from Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) as the director of Career Development and Employment Services 13 years ago, Shirleyanne glanced at her bookcase while pondering the next step of her journey. Realizing that over the years she had collected over 100 art books and had considered going back to school to obtain a M.A. in Art History, her next step became clear. Her cousin, Doreen Millman, provided her with information on the DIA and encouraged her to become a
volunteer. A call to the Education Department led her to becoming a docent where the training program furthered her love of art and history.

Over the years, Shirleyanne’s love for the DIA has led her to share her talents with Gallery Information and the Detroit Film Theatre. She also recruited her husband to become an usher.

A few years ago JVS asked Shirleyanne to develop a program for individuals with dementia based on a Museum of Modern Art, New York, program. After consultation with Sue Troia, Manager, Docent Development, Shirleyanne now leads art discussions at The Dorothy and Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Care Program using the Visual Thinking Strategies method, which is used by DIA teaching volunteers.This valuable experience is an asset to the program the DIA is establishing in conjunction with the Alzheimers Association.

When not at the DIA, Shirleyanne loves to travel and is always ready “to go.” Trips to London, Stratford and Niagara on the Lake are annual events. When traveling, Shirleyanne not only enjoys the theater, but also loves to explore the museums. When at home, she is a strong supporter of the DSO and the MOT.
The DIA is fortunate that Shirleyanne chose to share her many talents with the DIA.

Congratulations, Shirleyanne.

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