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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 14 June 1943
Entered on roll: 2009
Josephine Frances Emily Weeks was born in Sydney on 14 June 1943. She spent her formative years in Triabunna, later attending the Launceston Teachers’ college.
Jo has been an active member of St John Ambulance for 45 years, having joined the organisation at the age of 20. During her dedicated service to this organisation, she has been an exemplary role model to all those who serve St John. Jo currently holds the position of Vice President of the State Council. She has held numerous other leadership roles within the organisation including that of Divisional Superintendent at Ulverstone, since 1982.
Despite Jo’s demanding teaching career, she has given thousands of voluntary hours to hundreds of public events in the name of service to St John. She was a founding member of the Spring Bay Division and established a Cadet Division at Ulverstone.
She has also made a significant contribution through her support for State and Regional Cadet Camps and her attendance at training examinations for advanced skills first aid.
As well as her service to St John, Jo has been an active supporter and contributor in a range of other community service organisations. Notably, Jo was part of a small team responsible for establishing a ‘Meals on Wheels’service at Triabunna. She served with the Tasmanian Ambulance Service as a volunteer for 13 years in Triabunna and six years in Ulverstone. She was also an active member of various Parents and Friends committees for 13 years.
Her dedicated and voluntary support of both the Tasmanian Ambulance Service and St John made a significant difference to the East Coast community. Jo was also a member of the Spring Bay Municipal Council for four years in the seventies where she was the Education spokesperson.
In recognition of her service, Jo was invested as a Member of the Order of St John.