Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Meet 2018 Famous Former Honoree Daun Hester

Daun Hester has worn many hats in her professional life. Over the years, as an educator, Norfolk City Council Member and state representative, she has made a difference in many lives. In January of 2018, she was sworn in as Norfolk City Treasurer and became Norfolk’s first female African American treasurer. She says there are no boundaries that one cannot overcome with the right kind of determination and commitment.

Where did that determination and commitment come from? Daun says much of it came from her many years as a Girl Scout. Starting as a Girl Scout Brownie, she rose through the ranks and says the experience helped shape her character and gave her skills she still uses, such as overcoming a fear of public speaking. She attributes her interest in public office to the years spent as a Girl Scout where she performed countless community service projects with her fellow troop members. She also learned how to be a team player in Girl Scouts and formed life-long friendships that she still depends on to keep her grounded.  

“The Girl Scout organization provides opportunities for new experiences, making new friends, building confidence and self-esteem, earning badges, doing things you wouldn’t necessarily think about doing, and the discovery of potential professions,” she said. “As a Girl Scout, you learn what you’re passionate about and what’s going to be a part of your mission.”

When asked about her fondest memory, Daun recalled a camp overnight in her troop leader’s backyard.

“We couldn’t afford to go to camp, so she improvised and made it very special,” Daun said. “She was a wonderful leader who I’ve kept in touch with throughout my life.”

Because of Girl Scouts, Daun has found what she is passionate about, whether that’s deciding if seniors will have a good life, making sure that all children have a good meal, or being a teacher. She found her passion because Girl Scouts has provided her with those experiences.

Help us celebrate Daun and our other Girl Scout Famous Former honorees at our annual luncheon happening on November 29th at 11:30 a.m. at Hilton Norfolk The Main. Tickets are on sale until November 21. Click here to reserve your spot.