HandsOn Jacksonville claims bragging rights to an amazing board of directors! We’d like you to get to know them all, so over the next few weeks we’ll be shining the spotlight on them. You’ll get an inside peek at who they are, what they do, what they’re passionate about and how they’re making our community a better place for everyone.
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HOJ: What inspires you to serve as a board member of HandsOn Jacksonville?
TR: To help those in need and to inspire others to do the same.
HOJ: What in your opinion are two of the most critical issues facing the First Coast?
TR: I consider family values and quality education to be two pillars that support our community. Family values – developing strong parental guidance and discipline to teach their children their way in life. Children MUST have good role models. Quality Education – education enables an individual to reach their potential.
HOJ: What is your great passion in life?
TR: My family!
HOJ: And what can’t you live without?
TR: My family and my boat.
HOJ: What was a “defining moment” in your life?
TR: The birth of my children. I quickly changed from “me” to “them”. What was I going to do to protect and provide for my family while giving them a childhood filled with great memories while helping them build their moral character.
HOJ: What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?
TR: Volunteering brings different things to everyone. For me, helping others gives me a sense of personal fulfillment that I was not achieving in my daily life. The selfless act of giving has power.
Tony Rukab graduated from the 2011 Blueprint for Leadership cohort and is now serving as an intern on HandsOn Jacksonville’s board of directors.