In The Limelight
Story by Teresa Nguyen
"Those students who have come back have made an incredible impact...they are exceptional teachers. It’s great to see how it comes full circle!" ~ Camilla Owen, on the Janesville Multicultural Teacher Scholarship recipients
State Tennis Coach of the Year 1993 and 1996
Middle School Teacher of the Year 1997
UW-Whitewater Hall of Fame 1999
Janesville Sports Hall of Fame 2002
PTA Teacher of the Year 2005
One of the Janesville Gazette’s “50 Who Matter” 2007
YWCA Woman of Distinction 2016
There are those who strive to lead and those who are simply born leaders. Camilla Owen was destined to be great. In spite of her admirable humility, that big smile and those warm eyes, Camilla has accomplished so much and given tirelessly to our community. Amazing women like Camilla are a rarity, even though Janesville, Wisconsin has had some fine examples of great women who have made a difference in numerous ways!
"I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...
we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ~ Malala Yousafzai
Camilla is a champion for girls and women in sports, she's been a voice for students with disabilities and has advocated for diversity in education. She is a voice for those who need a leader to speak out and stand for their rights, to help even the playing field...or the tennis courts. Her community involvement has been inspiring and she rarely slows down.
A Five Generations Business
Camilla Owen is a descendant of some wonderful, established Janesville families. Her great-grandfather John H. Owen and Mr. Chambers founded the Chambers and Owen business, a wholesale distributer, in 1891. His son, Alexander Paul Owen Sr. and Camilla's father, Alexander Paul Owen Jr. continued working in the family business, as did his brother, John E. Owen.
Doty Manufacturing of Janesville
Camilla's brother Alexander Paul Owen III and thier cousin, John K. Owen ran the business and now their sons are the fifth generation! It is now the 12th largest convenience store distributor in the United States.
Camilla is also from the Doty family, and shared the cool story about the Doty Manufacturing business with us in back in 2019:
The Early Years
Camilla's parents, Alexander Paul Owen Jr. and her mother, Camilla, met at the University of Alabama, but then returned to Janesville to work in the family business.
As a child, Camilla remembered helping with chores and with the business, but also recalled having fun at Lion’s beach and trips to Woolworth’s downtown for a soda and fries. Her family and mother embraced sports, so around 8 years old, Camilla took tennis lessons through Leisure Services and fell in love with the game. Later, she attended tennis camps and took lessons with Stan DuFrane.
At Craig High School, Camilla continued her involvement in sports, was a member of the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll and wrote for The Phoenix featuring female sports stories. She and her teammates told the coach that they wanted cool tennis outfits…so they made their own! By age 18, Camilla was teaching tennis for the Leisure Services, and ran the Janesville Junior Open tournament.