this month, Advent Health for WomenWe are aware of some of the women in the community who are selflessly giving to others while raising their families, helping their loved ones, and building their careers. Whether they know it or not, their story inspires other women near and far.
Meet Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson of Winter Park is the founder and president of Support Our Scholars (SOS). Founded in 2006, SOS is an organization dedicated to educating the best young women with the greatest financial needs. She continued to strongly support the multi-handicap individuals of the visually impaired and established the Jake Allen Center and Jake Allen Preschool for the hearing and visually impaired. Susan participated in the board of directors of the Helen Keller National Center. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lighthouse Central Florida and a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Hospital CHIC Board. For her efforts, Susan received the Walt Disney Community Services Award (2 years) and the Celtman of the Year Award for her extraordinary contribution to the spirit of service to humanity.
Why am i here? Serving … I realized long ago that if we were serving others, we would be the happiest in life. I realized that this was the deepest truth in my life.
What motivates you to put one foot in front of the other on the toughest days?
Knowing that my life is in the hands of God who created the universe, I can keep my eyes on God and keep going. Often I have to stop and write down everything given to me. The list is always very long, so how can I be discouraged? The motivation for my work is to look at the scholarships we support and see them succeed at the highest levels. Watch them grow into amazing appreciation young women. What is more fulfilling in life?
Did you get inspiration from other women? Tell us about the person who inspired you.
Oh yeah … I was always thinking of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. How these two women have changed our view of disability by working devotedly to each other. Corrie Ten Boom and her ability to survive and forgive. What an example! Especially now it is during the war.
What is a word that completely describes who you are?
Are there any changes in how you deal with the challenges and successes of your life so far?
Oh yeah, I would have slowed down as a parent. I wouldn’t have spent more time now and looking forward to the next big thing.
What are you most proud of?
Scholarships and my kids.
What was the biggest challenge you faced and what did you learn from it?
My first child was born to both hearing and visually impaired. Jake taught me everything. How to appreciate music, speech and the ability to watch the sunset. I was able to continue this for hours.
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Celebrate the woman next door: Susan Johnson
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