Elizabeth Johnston with her Woman's History Month tribute

March 21, 2019

"When I think of the many inspiring women who have shaped me into the person I am today, I keep coming back to my mentor from when I first began working in my profession. Jennifer Hannon has always been a compassionate, tenacious, and dedicated leader. In 2017, she was recognized as the Louisiana Social Worker of the Year at the National Association of Social Workers-Louisiana Conference for her amazing efforts to organize shelter and relief efforts during the 2016 flooding of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. She is currently working for the state of Louisiana to ensure the availability of mental health services for children throughout the state. "

"Jennifer taught me how to become the person I am today thru a true appreciation of others, learning to how to balance work and family life, to embrace my professional self, and to give back to the community. It is Jennifer's example that demonstrated what it means to be part of the village and to build up others while also needing support. We are so busy with the activities of life, it is helpful to remember to take time and connect with others. Through those connections, we develop deeper understanding and acceptance of our neighbors. The path to building a cohesive community is to accept our differences as a strength. So in honor of Women's History and Social Workers' Month, I thank my mentor and friend for all of her efforts to make this world a brighter, happier and safer space."