Vale Jan Wilson
It is with great sadness that we report that a previous Junior Vice President, and a passionate advocate for workers’ rights, passed away on the 24th of October 2019.
Jan Wilson joined the HSU, or HAREA as it was then known, in 1978.
She quickly became a union representative and was actively involved in her workplace, defending and assisting her members whenever needed. In 1992, she was elected the Sub Branch Secretary at Sutherland Hospital. She remained in this position until her retirement in 2004.
Jan’s dedication to her members did not go unnoticed. In 1994, she was invited to be part of the Union Council, the governing body of the union. She was also a representative to National Council.
Jan was passionate about public health, and she believed wholeheartedly in the public health system remaining fully in public hands. She was a powerhouse and she never gave in.
In 1995, Jan became Vice President of the HSU – a position she would occupy until her retirement in 2004.
One of the highest accolades that an organisation can bestow upon its members is to present that person with the award of life membership for recognition of service.
On her retirement, Jan was awarded life membership upon not just at a state level, but at a national level too. This speaks to how very highly Jan was esteemed by all of her colleagues in the union movement.
Her best friend, and President of the Sutherland Sub Branch at the same time as Jan was Secretary, Barbara Jones fondly recalls Jan as an extraordinary person who went about things in a quiet but determined way. She was a quiet achiever.