Joan East

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Joan East

Honoured by: Elspeth Christie

Do you know a woman who is resolutely and authentically cheerful, empathetic and warm? A woman, who despite unmentionable tragedies, always pulls herself up, puts one foot in front of the other, and keeps on walking – with a smile on her beautiful face? A woman who lights up a room, a home and an entire community? Her name is Joan East, my dear friend for over thirty years. I am so grateful for her friendship and so inspired by her strength and her courage. Here’s to you, Joanie Baloney. I think you are amazing.