Alumni eNewsletter: Two Seattle women receive 2007 Delta Epsilon leadership awards (Archives)

The 2007 International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon Sorority (IADES) Ausma L. Smits Leadership Award went to Allie Joiner, ’57, and Estelle (Estie) Provow, ‘62, both residents of Seattle, Wash. and lifetime members of the IADES, at its Golden Jubilee celebration at Gallaudet during Homecoming Weekend. This distinguished award recognizes outstanding leadership and unselfish service to the deaf community at the local, state, national and/or international levels on a voluntary, non-salaried basis during the past five years (in this case 2002-06).
Each recipient received a leadership award plaque and a handcrafted sterling silver pin in the shape of a seagull with a pearl eye, designed by silversmith Winchell Moore, ’62.
Joiner is a 1952 graduate of the Louisiana School for the Deaf. After earning her B.A. degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University, she held teaching positions at schools for the deaf in South Carolina, New Mexico, and Colorado. She served as an invaluable advocate for several organizations serving deaf and hard of hearing people: the Washington State Protection and Advocacy System, the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities, and the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (also known as ADWAS).
Her organizational involvements include being a Founding member of Deaf Women United; serving on the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment, as an officer of the Washington State Association for the Deaf and a board trustee of the Washington State School for the Deaf. Among Joiner's many accomplishments are getting legislative bills passed regarding interpreting laws, and promoting the passage of the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services bill and the TDD Project bill; serving as the founder of the Deaf Community AIDS Task Force, and as a Guardian Ad Litem/court appointed special advocate.
Provow is a member of the Michigan School for the Deaf’s Class of 1957. She obtained her B.S. degree in library science from Gallaudet University and then held jobs as a librarian, media specialist, and PE instructor at the North Dakota School for the Deaf; as an instructional assistant with Seattle Public Schools and an instructor at the Washington Technical Institute.
Provow’s organizational involvements include: the Seattle Chapter of Washington State Association of the Deaf; Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf as an evaluator; the Community Service Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as its president and the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services as its president. Since 2004, she has been a member of the GUAA Board (West Region).
Among her many honors are the CSCDHH "Founding Member" Award, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center "Employee of the Month" Award, and the GUAA President’s Award.
This year marks the first time in IADES history that two deserving individuals are co-recipients of the Ausma L. Smits Leadership Award. Past recipients are Ausma L. Smits, ‘61 (1989); Virginia Borggaard, ‘66 (1992); Patricia Shores-Herman, ‘85 (1995); Lori Maynard, ’83 (1998); Daphne Cox, ’82 (2001); and Brette Beasley, ‘89 (2004).
Special congratulations are extended to Allie and Estie!

Posted: 18 Dec 2007

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