Community Shares of Wisconsin marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 and is recognizing longtime volunteers with Anniversary Backyard Heroes Awards.

Joan Karan & Marianne Morton


Joan Karan was a Community Shares board member for several decades and served as a board representative for Disability Rights Wisconsin starting in the 1980’s. Joan then served in multiple roles at CSW including many years on the personnel committee and board president. Joan has been a key advocate for disability rights within CSW’s membership and continues serving as a mentor and advisor to staff.


Marianne Morton was a board member at Community Shares for decades, starting first as a board representative in the late 1970s for Women’s Transit Authority, then as the board representative for Common Wealth Development where she served as the executive director for 35 years. Marianne also served terms as CSW board president and as a committee chair.




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