The Emerald Coast Philosophical Society announced that Jan Hansen, a 12-year resident of Destin, has been presented with the 2013 Philosophy of Life Award, given annually to an individual who has an extraordinary philosophy and spirit of life.



Mother of six grown children, Hansen was born and raised in Wisconsin where she and her husband, Phillip, owned and operated a number of McDonald franchises until he passed away in 1998. She then moved to Destin in 2001 and continued her life time passion of helping others in need of assistance.



Hansen is described by many as a "career volunteer." She has taken the lead on numerous occasions since her relocation to this area to help people in Destin and elsewhere who are in dire need of some form of assistance.



She is tireless, selfless, and always humble in her ongoing acts of kindness.



Among her many qualities and talents, she is an organizer and communicator who rallies others to assist persons in necessitous circumstances.