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Joan Bannan Harris to receive Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award

Joan Bannan Harris will receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Voluneer Service Award at a September dinner. Credits: Nancy D'Andrea

BERNARDS TWP - Joan Bannan Harris, Democratic candidate for Bernards Township Committee, will receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award at a dinner hosted by the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women. The Lieutenant Governor Candidate, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, will be the keynote speaker. The Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award honors Somerset County women who volunteer their time to promote and enhance Democratic principals in our local communities. “Joan Harris is a leader in our community, and we are proud to have her on the ballot this November,” said Nancy D’Andrea, chair of the Bernards Township Democratic Committee. 

Ms. Harris, a practicing attorney, currently serves on the Bernards Township Board of Health and the Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse. She advocates joining the “Stigma-Free Communities” initiative to reduce the stigma surrounding seeking help for mental-health issues. She has also been a volunteer speaker at community and school programs concerning adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, she is an active supporter of the Ridge High School sports programs and currently serves as the treasurer of Ridge Lacrosse, Inc. and secretary for the Ridge Rebound Club. Upon learning that her volunteer work would be recognized, Ms. Harris commented, “I am truly honored to receive this award, particularly as it comes from the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women whose support is both inspiring and deeply appreciated.” 

In addition to Ms. Harris, the following women also will be recognized for their volunteer service: Denise King, Democratic candidate for Bedminster Committee; Melissa Provost, who serves on the Bernardsville Library Foundation Board of Trustees and is the campaign chair for the Bernardsville Democratic Municipal Committee; Christine Chen, a neuroscientist and healthcare executive whose mission is to expand innovation-driven job growth in central New Jersey and who is running for New Jersey Senate in Legislative District 23; Bernice Martina Bauknight Jalloh, an attorney from Franklin Township who speaks to high school students about setting and achieving their goals; Jane Staats, a volunteer at Mary Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough High School Theatre, and the Somerset Valley Players, and who is running for Township Committee in Hillsborough; and Gina Stravic of Somerville, who has served the YMCA for 35 years and is currently the executive director of the Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick. 

The Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Somerville Elks Club in Bridgewater. It is open to the public, and all are invited to join the Bernards Township Democratic Committee and the Booth and Harris campaign in congratulating our own Joan Bannan Harris as she receives this award. RSVP and Ticket information:  For more information or to volunteer with the campaign visit

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