The Definition of ‘Outstanding’: Volunteer Joyce McKenzie

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“Outstanding” is an understatement when it comes to describing SCL volunteer Joyce McKenzie. Since she first walked through our door in July of 2011, Joyce has given an unprecedented 1000 hours of service. With her exceptional work ethic and professionalism, Joyce is the volunteer that nonprofits dream of having. In 2013 Joyce was awarded the coveted Gini Award, named after our founder, Mrs. Virginia “Gini” Brown. The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in their service to SCL. Joyce embodies its meaning, and we can’t begin to think what we ever did without her.

“When I discovered SCL over three years ago, it sounded like a very worthwhile organization, and I decided to give it shot. Volunteering means even more than I had hoped for when I began at SCL. Being part of such a productive, successful process gives me great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. I’d encourage others to become involved in SCL so they too can help to literally change lives,” shares Joyce.

Joyce is a former grade school teacher who, for 27 years, taught at the 2nd and 3rd grade level for the Independence, MO school district. She loved her job. “I felt it was a wonderful way to be involved in the shaping of the lives of our young people. It was a very fulfilling experience,” says Joyce.

Since retiring in 2000, Joyce stays active through volunteering, as well as her other passions. “My husband Dallas and I share many interests with the typical retirees; we love to travel and have enjoyed many wonderful trips both domestically and internationally. We strive to stay physically fit by walking and riding bicycles. And, of course, we spend as much time as possible with our grandkids and the rest of our extended family.”

Over 3,200 children have either completed orthodontic treatment or are currently being treated through the SCL program since Joyce joined our team. Our success is due to remarkable individuals, like Joyce, who donate their valuable time to SCL’s volunteer program. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.

This month we celebrate Joyce and thank her with all our hearts for her continued service with Smiles Change Lives.

Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
"I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."
Shelly P.
"I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."
Joy S.
"My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."
Alan P.
"This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"
Judith W.
"I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"
Alice W.
"Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."
Tiffany L.
"Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."
Alexandria W.
"Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "
Alice W.
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  • "Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "

    - Alice W.

    5 star review
  • "Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."

    - Alexandria W.

    5 star review
  • "Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."

    - Tiffany L.

    5 star review
  • "I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"

    - Daya G.

    5 star review
  • "This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"

    - Judith W.

    5 star review
  • "My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."

    - Alan P.

    5 star review
  • "I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."

    - Joy S.

    5 star review
  • "I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."

    - Shelly P.

    5 star review
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Smiles Change Lives. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.


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