Dr. Joyce Keyes receives Heroes Award from WI First Lady Tonette Walker.

Dr. Joyce Keyes receives Heroes Award from WI First Lady Tonette Walker.

Dr. Joyce Keye’s has been a tremendous volunteer, leader, shoulder to cry on and American Red Cross partner.  We were able to completely surprise Joyce! (Which is extremely hard to do)! 

As the First Lady read portions of Joyce’s nomination, she started to tear-up. So did Joyce. A soft-compassion filled the room as we all understood the depths of her love for the American Red Cross and the people we serve. Even the First Lady received a hug in the middle of the presentation.  

– Barbara Behling, Communications Officer

Wisconsin’s first lady to surprise American Red Cross volunteer, Joyce Keyes, for her dedication to serving others

 Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, will present a monthly award designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin residents to make the state a better place, to Joyce Keyes, American Red Cross volunteer, on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Although professionally retired as a clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Joyce Keyes is anything but as she volunteers more than 40 hours per week to the American Red Cross. She has led the Fond du Lac County Disaster Action Teams since 2005. Throughout Eastern Wisconsin, she trains others to be disaster responders, and most recently has completed all the requirements to be a National Disaster Manager. Joyce has been such a strong force for local, regional, statewide and national disaster efforts, she was appointed as one of 15 people in the United States to serve on the National Disaster Advisory Council. She’s helped with multiple disasters from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Isaac, the Kansas ice storm and the Alabama tornadoes. When half of Wisconsin was under water in 2008, she was the disaster coordinator for Fond du Lac, one of the busiest counties, and they hosted the largest shelter in the state. For Keyes’ dedication to serving others through the Red Cross, she is presented with the April 2013 Wisconsin Heroes Award.

Recognition is given each month to one outstanding Wisconsin resident. The first lady visits and presents a Wisconsin Heroes Award to thank the recipient for his or her willingness, compassion, and commitment to the betterment of the state.

Here are additional links to the media coverage from the days event:

WFRV-TV – click HERE for video.

The Fond du Lac Reporter – Click HERE for story.