Celebrating 60 years of volunteering

May 17, 2019

For nearly 60 years, Jan has been a familiar face at St Mark’s Uniting Church.

Since joining the Chadstone congregation in 1960, Jan has dedicated countless hours of her time through a variety of volunteering roles.

From teaching the secondary section of the Church Sunday School, to setting up a youth group in conjunction with the Melbourne Fujian Uniting Church, Jan has enjoyed working with local youth in her community.

The gifted organist also leads the Church choir, sits on the Church Council and has been a member of the Ladies Evening Fellowship, working in the op shop, running cake stalls and helping on the catering committee.

Jan is also one of the founding members of the St Mark’s adult day program since its inception in 1991.  

Prior to Wesley, now known as Uniting Vic.Tas, taking over the adult day program, it was run by Church volunteers. 

Although Jan has been playing the piano for St Mark’s clients during worship for many years, she officially became a volunteer in 2015.

“Our volunteers support with gardening, driving, cooking, activities, worship and music,” Ethan Gankanda, Team Leader from St Mark’s Planned Activity Group and Respite Cottage said.

“Without the contribution from amazing volunteers like Jan, it’s hard to run community programs like St Mark’s adult day program.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jan for her ongoing contribution towards St Mark’s,” he added.

But for 81-year-old Jan, it’s all in a day’s work.

“If you can offer someone your time, it’s a very worthwhile experience,” she said.

“I enjoy the music the most. It’s lovely to be able to play for other people and see the joy on their faces.”

Jan has also enjoyed working with local youth.

“Helping to set up the youth group through the Church was most rewarding,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to see the children grow as people and form lifelong connections.”

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