At the 5th Annual Red Dress Gala, Classy Living Society awarded the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award to Janice Campbell!
From the moment Janice became a member of CLS, she hit the ground running as a volunteer. She donated countless hours of time and attention to both community service events with our partners, working on our events team, and pitching in when needed. She always does so with a cheerful smile and friendly disposition! Her spirit of dedication embodies what is at the core of CLS – to give back, inspire and promote sisterhood bonding from within. She is an invaluable addition to CLS.
As the youngest of four growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Janice aspired to break the cycle of many of her peers. Seeing the mistakes that those closest to her were making in their lives made her become more aware of her surroundings. When many of her friends were becoming teenage parents and dropping out of high school, Janice was bound and determined to finish high school and go on to college, an achievement her siblings and parents had not accomplished. She knew Yazoo City would always be home, but she sought greener pastures. She turned to her teachers and counselors for advice on getting into college. One person who always had time to listen and advise, was Mr. Peter Boston, Assistant Principal and Football Coach. He continued to stick by her when she made her decision to further her education at Grambling State University, and through her education there. Janice attributes her success in life and independent nature to the “village” who supported her along the way.
Janice graduated from Grambling with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1988. A year after graduation, Janice decided it was time to leave Yazoo City. With no job or job prospects, and committing herself to a small window of time to stay with a friend of her mother’s, Janice packed her things and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1989.
Soon after her arrival in Atlanta, Janice met Quentin Campbell, and a few years later they were married. Together, they raised two wonderful children who are now young adults – daughter, Chelsea, age 25 and Quentin II a/k/a “Duce,” age 18. Outside of anything else, her children have truly kept her busy over the years. Being the great mother that she is, she’s always taken part in their activities – from serving on the PTA at their schools to Girl Scout Leader, basketball and baseball coach, team mom, and so on. Growing up, her parents always taught her that it is very important to be involved in your children’s interests and activities. The time spent was well worth it, and she says that it warms her heart that she was able to share all of those great moments with her children.
Over the years, Janice has made her mark in an Accounting career, working for various companies in a number of industries. She is currently employed by a beverage distribution company. Janice also continued on to graduate studies at Strayer University and in 2011, graduated with a Master of Business Administration/Finance degree.
Giving back is a strong motivation for Janice. Back home in Yazoo City, as a Girl Scout, young Janice learned the importance of giving back and that lesson always stuck with her. Volunteering in the community gives Janice a sense of purpose; the feeling that she is making a lasting positive deposit into others’ lives. It is her mission that each person she touches is left with the feeling that someone cared about them.
CLS honors Janice Campbell and the many great attributes she lends to Classy Living Society and the community through the devotion of her time and tireless efforts. We salute you, our 2018 Volunteer of the Year!
“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” ~Terri Guillemets