The Definition of ‘Outstanding’: Volunteer Joyce McKenzie


“Outstanding” is an understatement when it comes to describing SCL volunteer Joyce McKenzie. Since she first walked through our door in July of 2011, Joyce has given an unprecedented 1000 hours of service. With her exceptional work ethic and professionalism, Joyce is the volunteer that nonprofits dream of having. In 2013 Joyce was awarded the coveted Gini Award, named after our founder, Mrs. Virginia “Gini” Brown. The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in their service to SCL. Joyce embodies its meaning, and we can’t begin to think what we ever did without her.

“When I discovered SCL over three years ago, it sounded like a very worthwhile organization, and I decided to give it shot. Volunteering means even more than I had hoped for when I began at SCL. Being part of such a productive, successful process gives me great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. I’d encourage others to become involved in SCL so they too can help to literally change lives,” shares Joyce.

Joyce is a former grade school teacher who, for 27 years, taught at the 2nd and 3rd grade level for the Independence, MO school district. She loved her job. “I felt it was a wonderful way to be involved in the shaping of the lives of our young people. It was a very fulfilling experience,” says Joyce.

Since retiring in 2000, Joyce stays active through volunteering, as well as her other passions. “My husband Dallas and I share many interests with the typical retirees; we love to travel and have enjoyed many wonderful trips both domestically and internationally. We strive to stay physically fit by walking and riding bicycles. And, of course, we spend as much time as possible with our grandkids and the rest of our extended family.”

Over 3,200 children have either completed orthodontic treatment or are currently being treated through the SCL program since Joyce joined our team. Our success is due to remarkable individuals, like Joyce, who donate their valuable time to SCL’s volunteer program. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.

This month we celebrate Joyce and thank her with all our hearts for her continued service with Smiles Change Lives.


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