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American Red Cross Says Goodbye To Local Santa Clarita Founder

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  A memorial service for Jackie Van Hoesen will be held at The Chapel of the Oaks, Eternal Valley, 23287 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita on Thursday, January 5th, at 2:00 PM.  A long time resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, Jackie was instrumental in bringing the American Red Cross to our community and remained a dedicated volunteer for over 50 years.

  

                  In 1966, Jackie and a friend began teaching Red Cross swimming classes and life saving in her home pool.  Together they taught two to three hundred students each year. 

                  Red Cross Disaster Services followed in 1967, when Jackie began teaching first-aid and disaster preparedness at a local high school.  Disaster supplies were stored in her garage and personal phones were used for communication.  Today, the Santa Clarita Service center is housed in an office building and dozens of volunteers respond year-round to disasters throughout northern Los Angeles County. 

                  As a national Red Cross volunteer, Jackie assisted in the Malibu fire of 1983, the Northridge earthquake in 1994, Hurricane Hortense in Puerto Rico in 1996, and the 1997 floods in Arizona.  She was also instrumental in planning for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. 

            In 2003, Jackie Van Hoesen was awarded the prestigious Clara Barton Leadership Honor Award for the lifetime of service she has given to the American Red Cross.  She will be fondly remembered and missed greatly by all who knew her.