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Lisa Jahnke

MARQUETTE – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Services Commission announced the 10 recipients of the 2020/2021 Governor’s Service Awards who have supported important needs and made a difference in food distribution, health or community support. other community issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

One such winner is Marquette’s Lisa Jahnke, who helped lead the Masks for Marquette volunteer initiative to manufacture and distribute protective gear for medical staff, frontline workers and schoolchildren.

“Through the historic challenges of the past two years, countless Michiganders have stepped up to support their loved ones. On National Volunteer Appreciation Day, we recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations who have gone above and beyond, selflessly devoting their time and resources to make a difference for their fellow Michiganders,” Whitmer said in a statement.

The people who received Governor’s Service Awards this year, Whitmer said, have helped strengthen communities by feeding families, administering vaccines, supporting local businesses, mentoring young people and more.

“We must strive to live up to the example they set and continue to help each other because tough times don’t last, but tough people do,” said Whitmer.

To see their full stories, visit Michigan.gov/GovernorsServiceAwards.

Jahnke’s story reads as follows.

“Over the past year, Lisa Jahnke of Marquette has stepped up significantly to help her community through the pandemic. Early on, she joined the Masks for Marquette volunteer initiative to help manufacture and distribute protective gear for medical staff, frontline workers and schoolchildren.

“Through its efforts, Masks for Marquette has provided over 45,000 pieces of protective equipment, including masks, gowns and intubation protectors. Additionally, every public school student in the Marquette area received one of the masks through the project. Lisa was also instrumental in having the group receive a grant for supplies from the Community Foundation of Marquette County.

“In March 2021, Lisa also began volunteering with the Marquette County Health Department to help residents get vaccinated. She started working on the phone lines to help with registration and appointment scheduling. She then began volunteering during clinics, greeting residents, pushing wheelchairs, checking paperwork and helping wherever she needed. She served an average of 10-15 hours a week in the health department where her work impressed the staff.

“Each year, Lisa helps raise funds to make life a little easier for families with a child battling cancer. She volunteers with the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee and sits on the boards of Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development and the Community Foundation of Marquette County.

The story also indicated that she credits her parents for inspiring her to want to serve others.

“They are both retired from the Air Force and even into their 80s continue to volunteer with both the Gwinn VFW and the local senior center. Before the pandemic, Lisa accompanied them to the VFW to help with bingo. Service has been a cornerstone of his life since a young age, thanks to the examples his parents gave him.

The 2020/2021 recipients will be honored and recognized at the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards Ceremony.

Nominations are open for the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards and more information can be found at Michigan.gov/GovernorsServiceAwards.

To reward those who go above and beyond, the Governor’s Service Awards have been given since 1994, according to the governor’s office. For nearly 30 years, the Michigan Community Service Commission has supported Michigan volunteers, organizations, and businesses who are committed to service and play a vital role in improving the lives of people and our communities.

“Michigan has a long tradition of serving and helping others,” Ginna Holmes, executive director of the Michigan Community Services Commission, said in a statement. “We are proud to celebrate with those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference.”



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