ROTARY CLUB OF WELLINGTON NORTH
THE 2015 PRESENTATION OF THE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARD TO
IN RECOGNITION OF HER SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.
CITATION: Jan Jones has provided Early Childhood educational resources to the Cook Islands, seven other Pacific Island Nations, and to Haiti. These resources included reading books, paints, brushes, crayons, pencils, scissors, paper, glue, puzzles. They were sourced from bookshops and book fairs (sometimes at nominal cost), New Zealand schools; Jan purchased many resources herself. Transport, at no cost, was negotiated with shipping companies, Air NZ, partnerships with several Rotary Clubs, NZ Police, church groups, NZ Defence Force, and the Department of Corrections.
Jan worked in the Cook Islands for three years, 1981 to 1983, and became more aware of the very limited educational resources the early childhood centres had available. Since then Jan has been responsible for gathering, assembling and sending more than 300 boxes of resources, most of these from the year 2000, and two thirds of these went to the Cook Islands. These boxes range in size from butter boxes and larger. Many of the books and jigsaw puzzles were second hand and a big task has been the repair of these. Any one consignment of resources entailed many hours of work in preparing the materials.
Jan has been selfless in her commitment to this project. She has demonstrated to a very high degree the Rotary ideal of Service Before Self. The Rotary Club of Wellington North is privileged to mark her service to the community with the Paul Harris Fellow award.
2 July 2015