Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Ila Claudean Harrison, Volunteer

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Ila Claudean Harrison, Volunteer

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After retiring from her education and counseling career, Ila Claudean Harrison moved her passion for students to the broader community.

I have found that fifty is not the age to sit down and adjust the lamp to read all the books on 'the list'; Fifty is the time to stay off the bench and keep in the game, said Harrison, who retired in 1992 after 25-plus years from a career in education and now spends her time as a community and statewide volunteer.

Most of her career was spent at Wewoka Public Schools - first as a teacher, then a counselor, principal and assistant superintendent. During that time, she participated in the Oklahoma Education Association and National Education Association.

Harrison continues to be active with the Oklahoma Counseling Association and American Counseling Association, serving on numerous committees on both the state and national level. She served as executive director of the Oklahoma Counseling Association from 1990 to 1999 and chair of the American Counseling Association Midwest region of 13 states.

Her community involvement includes volunteering in several capacities with the City of Lindsay, including an officer with the Lindsay Hospital Foundation, a former chair and trustee of the Lindsay Hospital Authority Board of Trustees and a member of the Lindsay Library Board. She also is a grant writer and life member of Lindsay Historical Society, an officer and grant writer for the Lindsay Civic Arts Association and a Lindsay Public Schools volunteer.

I look for organizations that will parallel my vision for a great Oklahoma of tomorrow, she said. That view is one where state leaders of all ages are educated and framed by quality programs such as Leadership Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Academy. Organizations such as the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals put action with ideas through the consensus of the Town Hall process and proposed legislation to fuel these ideas. With the projects and involvement of these groups, I have been able to continue to grow and participate beyond my first careers.

Harrison is a former commissioner of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and serves on the executive committee and board of the Oklahoma Academy. …

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