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Fulton Commissioners Make Joan P. Garner Walk & Health Fair an Annual Event | Print |
At the Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ October 4, 2017 meeting, the Board unanimously voted to make the Joan P. Garner Walk & Health Fair a yearly occurrence.   The first Saturday in October will now become the annual date for the event honoring the memory of the late Fulton County 4th District Commissioner whose career was marked by her efforts to address community health issues.   The first of these annual events is scheduled for October 7, 2017 at Oak Hill Family Center; 2805 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30315.
“Both Joan Garner’s work as a county commissioner and her life as a private citizen were dedicated to fighting for better health care for our citizens,” said District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr., the sponsor of the resolution.   “I feel this tribute is the perfect way to remember a great public servant and, more importantly, a great person.”
District 4 Commissioner Joan P. Garner died in April after her battle with cancer.   Commissioner Garner joined the Board of Commissioners in 2011, devoting her efforts to service for Fulton County citizens, with a particular focus on health.   She worked to fight against health disparities and became the County’s Executive Sponsor of the “All People Are Healthy” priority area. Garner also co-founded the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS and championed numerous other health initiatives. The late commisisoner also sponsored numerous programs for young people including her annual “Don’t Touch the Fire” conference for at-risk youth.  

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