PORT TOWNSEND — A founding member of the Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County and a former City Council member has been named the 2018 Woman of Excellence by the American Association of University Women — Port Townsend and its affiliate, the University Women’s Foundation of Jefferson County.
Jean Camfield’s “contributions have helped change the affordable housing picture in the community for the better in so many ways,” said one community member in her letter of support.
Awarded annually, the honor is given to a Jefferson County woman who has made significant contributions as a role model, change agent, teacher-mentor and community activist.
A long-time Port Townsend resident, Camfield, has given many years of public service advocating for the East Jefferson County community and its residents.
Camfield was one of the founding members of the Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County, and served on its board as president and treasurer. She recently completed 20 years of service on the board, finishing her tenure as the board’s treasurer.
The Habitat Furniture & More Store on Sims Way was co-founded by Camfield and two others, to support the efforts of Habitat.
Camfield volunteers weekly at the store, serves on the resource development committee, and continues to mentor new Habitat board members and volunteers.
Along with her advocacy of affordable housing, Camfield remains active in the citizens’ group that formed the Port Townsend High School Scholarship Foundation in 1974.
She is currently co-president and has served as treasurer for more than 20 years.
To date, the foundation has awarded more than a half-million dollars in academic and vocational scholarship awards to more than 700 Port Townsend High School graduates, according to a news release.
Camfield served on the city’s Planning Commission for three years and after being appointed to a City Council expiring term, ran for office and served on the council for 13 years.
Adams Street Park, which was one the last remaining undeveloped waterfront property on Water Street, was converted to its current state due to Camfield and another community member’s efforts, AAUW said.
The two women raised $20,000 and worked with the city to purchase the two lots and create the park, according to a news release.
In 2011, she was one of five chosen from across the state to receive a Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Another letter supporter described Camfield’s impact this way: “She has truly made significant differences in our community with her quiet dedication to making Port Townsend a great place to live.
“She has enhanced the lives of many individuals.”
For more information, call Anne Englander at 360-390-5896 or visit pt-wa.aauw.net.