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Jamaican Woman honoured for her work

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 1:33 PM
Grace Grange-Johnson (left) received the 2015 Woman of the Year Award from Juanita Sherwin, last year’s recipient.

Jamaica-born Grace Grange-Johnson was recently named Woman of the Year by the National Association of University Women (NAUW) at its annual scholarship luncheon hosted by the Queens branch in New York. She was accorded the prestigious title of Woman of the Year for being among progressive women who are remaining relevant in a global society. The NAUW also awarded 12 scholarships to deserving high-school seniors to pursue a diverse range of professions.

Grange-Johnson is from a large Jamaican family, which includes Member of Parliament Olivia 'Babsy' Grange as the eldest of her 11 siblings. She migrated to the United States in 1971 and received high-school and tertiary education in New York, graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. She excelled in college, making the Dean's list each year.

Outstanding service

Grange-Johnson has given more than 20 years to her community professionally and personally, including the adult education programme of Forest Hills High School and as a parent volunteer and member of the Head Start Policy Council for Administration for Children's Services. She has also served with her husband as a youth adviser for the New York Police Department's 113th Precinct.

She was appointed as the area representative for Southern Queens Head Start Agencies and is currently a family assistant with a New York City licensed pre-school programme. She also partners with the families to help them with seeking health care and returning to school for their GED. She is affiliated with the National Head Start Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured Persons, and the Black Child Development InstituteNY.

Grange-Johnson is currently pursuing a master's degree in urban studies affairs at Queens College. She is married to US track and field coach Ron Johnson and they have three children. She enjoys reading, dancing, and is a gourmet cook.