SUMMIT, NJ - Peggy Salisbury, who lost her battle with breast cancer last spring, has been chosen as the recipient of the Junior League of Summit's Jean Hudson Gano Community Service Award for 2019. The award is given every year to either an individual or nonprofit organization in memory of and in tribute to Jean Hudson Gano, a League member who died of breast cancer in 1997 at the age of 41 years old. Salisbury's daughter, Rachel Woliansky, accepted the Award on behalf of her late mother.
As articulated by former League President Elizabeth Dutkewych, Salisbury's commitment to women's issues was very similar to that of Jean Hudson Gano, who herself displayed exemplary and extraordinary commitment to volunteerism, community service and particularly to issues regarding women and children, was an inspiration to all those that were touched by her efforts.
Like Hudson Gano, who was one of the organization's founding members, Peggy was devoted to Pathways, a program at the Connection in Summit, which provides support, education and wellness programs for women with cancer.
As one of the most committed patient educators in the Women’s Cancer Teaching project at Pathways, Salisbury made sure that medical professionals saw patients as humans with feelings, fears, families, and lives outside their illness, and understood their needs and stresses. It was extremely important to her that women were heard and listened to by the medical community and to that end she taught doctors, residents, medical students, and nurses for more than 16 years.
Salisbury felt very passionate about the Pathways’ Dragon Boat 'Save Our Sisters (SOS)' team, which was a way for many of those dealing with cancer to exercise, get support, and heal together. She encouraged many women to join the group, so they too could benefit from the support, and she also served as co-captain and on the advisory board for many years. In addition to her devotion to all aspects of Pathways, Salisbury was a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts of America and achieved the highest rank in the organization of first class and was a member of the Union County Senior Citizens Council and Future City. In 2018, she received the Women of Excellence lifetime achievement award by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women for all of her amazing work on behalf of women in our community and beyond.
The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, visit jlsummit.org or contact the office at 908-273-7349.