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News Article Honors Social Work Pioneer Florence Hansen

Florence Hansen and daughter Flo Schandl. Photo courtesy of Spokesman-Review.

National Association of Social Workers member Florence Hansen has done such good work for people around the world that the mayor of Spokane, Wash., proclaimed June 30 “Florence Hansen Day.”

Hansen, who earned a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University, led a program to find U.S. homes for foster children fleeing Castro’s Cuba; started the first social service program in a Spokane hospital; was national Social Worker of the Year in 1991; and trained community health workers in Zambia during her retirement.

Hansen, 77, is now dying from cancer, according to this inspirational article in the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

However, Hansen is proud of the service she has given to others. “I’m at peace,” she said.

Cheers to the Spokesman-Review for telling Hansen’s story.

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