Jean Gilbert - TC '54

A former Head Girl, Jean’s contribution to Toorak College didn’t end when she graduated in 1954. Jean was a member of Council for twelve years, and during this time served on a number of committees, including as Chairman of the Building Committee, before being elected President of Council in 1981...

A former Head Girl, Jean’s contribution to Toorak College didn’t end when she graduated in 1954. Jean was a member of Council for twelve years, and during this time served on a number of committees, including as Chairman of the Building Committee, before being elected President of Council in 1981. The five years of Jean’s presidency were a time of substantial growth in the life of Toorak College. Her many achievements while on Council included the library extension, the extension to Wardle House and the oval. During this time, Jean worked tirelessly behind the scenes, always primarily concerned with ensuring that the decisions of the Council were for the welfare and advancement of the school as a whole. In addition to her work at Toorak College and the ‘fairly time-consuming work of bringing up four children’, Jean chaired a committee that raised money and supervised the restoration of the Old Church of St James the Less in Mount Eliza. She also organised a committee to celebrate the building’s 125th anniversary, and established the inaugural committee to run the Women of Action Luncheon, which has become a major fundraiser for Peninsula Hospice.

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