WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – JoAnn Brouillette is a well known name around Greater Lafayette because of her involvement with the community. The YWCA is honoring Brouillette at the 2014 YWCA Salute to Women Banquet on March 4.
Brouillette is dedicated to serving on many boards, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Purdue University’s Board of Trustees.
“Actually, I think it would be easier to say what is JoAnn not involved with than what she is involved with because really, everybody knows JoAnn and she is well respected,” said Brouillette’s friend Gary Lehman.
Brouillette grew up in the tight-knit community of Fowler, Indiana and was inspired by her parents who were always helping around the community. She says they taught her the importance of giving back.
“They were involved in the community, so I saw that and that was kind of the start. Then grew up in a little town, in Fowler, and there was a real community feel,” said Brouillette.
Brouillette joined the basketball team at Benton Central High School. There, she learned discipline and teamwork, which are two qualities she uses to this day.
“It was all about team with JoAnn. Everything was about team and it’s that way in her life now,” explained Brouillette’s high school basketball coach Jan Conner.
Brouillette helped create a memorial scholarship in honor of her basketball teammate and friend who lost her fight to breast cancer. The Margaret McGinnis Feathers Memorial Scholarship is now offered to female Benton Central athletes who exhibit good character, loyalty and leadership.
“Those are the kinds of things for me that hit home,” added Brouillette.
Brouillette has also been appointed to Purdue University’s Board of Trustees twice.
“When you think about individuals who have made a contribution to the community and to the state, I can’t think of a more deserving person than JoAnn,” Lehman said.
“I think about this award and it’s a tremendous honor. Particularly, when I think about those that have gone before me and those that are being honored today,” said Brouillette.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am. I was busting at the seams. I was so proud of her, but you know it goes back to JoAnn and her sense of team. I can’t tell you what it means to me to have JoAnn in my life,” added Conner.