Janne Shewan (nee Craig)

Inducted 2018
Student at Marsden 1957 (Year 1) – 1969 (Year 13)
Receives this award in recognition of her tireless service to the school and the community over many years. 

Janne attended Marsden from Year 1 – 13. She is the daughter of an Old Girl and the mother of three old girls. She has served the school in many ways – the Old Girls’ representative on the Trust Board from 2008 – 2011, but most notably as the Treasurer of the Old Girls’ Association for the last 18 years.

Janne qualified as an accountant when she left school and her financial skills have been greatly appreciated by the Old Girls’ Association.  The reporting changes by the Charities Commission have challenged many organisations but Janne has managed their intricacies with expertise and tenacity. 

Janne’s skills are not limited to Marsden but also appreciated by other organizations where the well-being and care of others is paramount. The Girls’ Friendly Society supports vulnerable young women in the Wellington area including Porirua. The Wellington Children’s Foundation is at the other end of the age spectrum and aims to enhance the welfare of young children through grants to organisations to assist in projects for their education and care. 

Janne is unassuming and has always worked quietly behind the scenes, but with  humour and common sense. Whether it is untangling the communications of past pupils, ensuring the Old Girls’ Association funds are secure or sorting old clothes for the Gala, Janne will be there achieving it all with quiet efficiency.