A quiet, but powerful force for GOOD in Jacksonville, Eleanor Ashby has helped to mentor and shape many of our community’s civic and nonprofit leaders.
Her journey as a community trustee in Jacksonville began in 1968 when she served as President of the Symphony Guild and as a member of the board of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. She also served as secretary, treasurer and project chairman with the Junior League during the years when they were helping to build MOSH.
But it was from her 20-year position as Executive Director of Leadership Jacksonville, an organization that develops youth and adult leaders to assume greater responsibility as community trustees, where Mrs. Ashby served to help shape many of our community’s future movers and shakers. Leadership students such as John Delaney, Linda Lanier, Nat Glover and HandsOn Jacksonville’s own Judy Smith have given her great credit for seeing their potential and helping them achieve their goals of service in our community.
Eleanor has been described by her mentees as a visionary, a person who has an uncanny ability to see the full potential in people, one who knows how to put people together in exactly the right combination to get things accomplished, and one who has the ability to encourage people to believe they can accomplish the things they want to do in the community.
Eleanor also served extensively and tirelessly for PACE Center for Girls as President of the Corporate Board and is a Life Member of the Board. Through her unique ability to make matches, she was a catalyst in the establishment of the Reed Center for Achievement which does an outstanding job of working with at-risk “tween” girls.
Additionally, Eleanor has served on boards of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida, a University of North Florida Advisory Council and the Jacksonville Women’s Network. In 1998, Eleanor Ashby was honored with the Arnolta Johnston “Mama” Williams Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida Times-Union’s EVE Awards.
She credits her father for instilling in her the love of this community and its people. Over her lifetime she has continued to demonstrate the qualities of a servant leader – one who seeks to serve first, who sees what needs to be done and who creates a better community with love, grace and enthusiasm.
HandsOn Jacksonville is proud to present the Bernard V. Gregory Award to Eleanor Ashby at Celebrate!GOOD, April 18, 2013.