Aue taukuri e! Kua pā te ringa kaha o aituā ki runga ki a tātou o Te Toimata. Nō reira haere e te tuahine, e te whakaruruhau, ki ō tūpuna, ki ō pakeke, ki ō mātua e tauwhanga ana mōu, nō reira moe mai takoto e te ruruhi i roto i te kauawhiawhi o te wāhi ngaro.
Kei aku rangatira, kei aku raukura tēnēi rā te mihi o te ngakau e tangi tīkapakapa tonu ana mō tō tātou hoa a Jan nō reira kia kaha tātou. Taea te aha, taea te pēwhea, e kore rā te ringa kaha o Aituā e taea te karo. Ngā manaakitanga ki runga ki a koutou e noho nei i raro i te kapua pōuri.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dearly loved friend and colleague Jan Cox.
Jan began working with us in the Enviroschools Programme in the mid 2000’s, bringing many years of experience in education and her special passion for environmental education. In everything she did she gave wholeheartedly to empower young people for a better future. She modelled the kaupapa of sustainability through her words and action.
She laid the foundations for Enviroschools in the Wellington region and later took on some key national projects during a time when funding was extremely tight and there was much to do in the programme. In true Jan style she brought her passion and organisational skills together to very carefully utilise small pieces of funding and lead the development of the reflection process that is now a cornerstone of the programme. When funding came in 2012 Jan became the first National Manager of Enviroschools and has achieved much over the last 4 years.
Jan was renowned for the calibre of her work and for her propensity to work tirelessly and far beyond the call of duty. She was always prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure others were supported and empowered in their work. A significant stand-out aspect of Jan’s work was her reflective practice which has added depth and rigour to the kaupapa she embraced and in which so many of us are involved.
In the more than 10 years since Jan has been involved in Enviroschools the programme has grown to over 1000 schools supported by 16 regional networks and nearly 100 partner organisations across the country. Jan has mentored, guided and supported this network. She has made an enormous contribution to the national team. Jan’s work has empowered thousands of young people, teachers and Enviroschools staff. She always ensured people felt that their voices were heard, recognised and valued. The nationwide Enviroschools network is stronger and more effective as a result of her dedication, love and skills.
Jan had many, many qualities admired by her colleagues:
· Her wisdom, her fortitude, her warmth, her unfailing passion for the kaupapa
· Her careful conduct - always looking out for others and how they were feeling.
· Her wisdom, vigour, savviness, empathy and abundant doses of humour and generosity
· Her depth of knowledge and collaborative way of working.
· Her mischievous smile and wonderful sense of the ridiculous.
· Her sparkly ear-rings and colourful woollen slippers.
· Her friendship and support – she was there to celebrate the good times and there with a cuppa and a hug in the hard times.
· Her creativity - many of us have ‘Jan knitted’ slippers, scarves or gloves.
· Her style and ability to encourage us to buy expensive shoes in mini shopping trips between meetings in Wellington.
All our love to you Jan, you were a leader in a nationwide movement for a better world, you made a huge difference, your energy will forever be part of our work and our lives.
Mihi nui, aroha nui ki a koe.