In Memoriam – Joan Morfesy Davies Briand (Local Communities)
In 2023, we bid farewell to a beloved advocate, Joan Morfesy Davies Briand, who recently passed away. She was a professor in the Business Management department at Polk State College, a Speech Communication Instructor at South Florida State College, and a Speech Communication Adjunct Instructor at Hillsborough Community College. In addition to her academic pursuits, Joan was a published writer, award-winning creative designer, and video producer. She also served as an on-camera personality, a teacher, a leader, a coach, a devoted mother, and a loving wife.
Throughout her life, Joan exemplified creativity and resourcefulness. She deeply understood the value of “letting go” as a profound gift to oneself, and she encouraged others to embrace this wisdom sooner rather than later. Furthermore, Joan discovered that the path to joy is never out of reach, no matter one’s age or circumstances. She believed in the power of reclaiming oneself, finding fulfillment, and rediscovering purpose. For those who felt burdened by life’s baggage or had lost sight of their why, Joan’s wisdom echoed a simple truth – the magic resides within each person, waiting to be unlocked.