About Debi Shackowsky
Debi grew up in a civic-minded family, with her parents actively involved in local Lions and Kiwanis Clubs. From a young age, she developed a passion for service and giving back to others. In high school, she participated in a project that involved giving, which sparked her lifelong commitment to helping others.
One of Debi's earliest volunteer experiences was with the Health Rehabilitative Services (HRS) annual Christmas Toy Shop. She started volunteering at the age of 15 and hascontinued to do so. As time went on, she even involved her own children in volunteering.
Later on, Debi's dedication to advocacy led her to become the President of the Pinellas County Chapter of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (CH.A.D.D.). She worked closely with the CH.A.D.D. National Board of Directors and served as a guest speaker at their National Conferences. She was also nominated as one of the first legislative delegates for the State of Florida, where she actively worked to amend the Handicapped Act to include other health-impaired conditions.
Debi remains steadfast in her belief that advocating for others, especially women, children, minorities, the disabled, and the economically disadvantaged, is her calling. This desire led her to create Marjorie's Hope which houses several programs that help Pasco County School students and personnel. These initiatives have grown and continue to provide much-needed school supplies and clothing to families in need.