Joan Dixon

Daily Point of Light # 3770 Jul 16, 2008

Joan Dixon has dedicated her life to the community and has inspired many others to follow in her footsteps. Joan formed the Timpanogos Community Network (TCN) eight years ago and facilitates a weekly networking meeting for hundreds of members, including community members, service agencies, businesses and others who are dedicated to helping low-income individuals and families. This network has been the "think tank" for Utah County, mobilizing organizations and community members to make changes in the community.

Through this network Joan built up Festival Latinoamericano to be a community outreach event that brings 20,000 plus Hispanics and white community members together each year to celebrate culture and build community. Joan also helped form Centro Hispano six years ago and guided the organization through the process of becoming an official non-profit organization a three years ago. She is acted as the volunteer executive director for several years and currently chairs Centro Hispano's board. She also serves on the boards of HELP International, Ouelessabougou-Utah Alliance, Daily Dose and many other nonprofit organizations, all without compensation Joan spends well over 30 hours every week on volunteer activities, and many are surprised she does not get paid for the work she does because of her great commitment.