The Scottish Association is deeply saddened to acknowledge the loss of Janette Proud (54) on 17th September 2009, following her courageous journey though her recent illness. It seems fitting to take a moment to reflect and to pay tribute to a well respected colleague, a wonderful person and a true friend to many.
Everyone who knew her will
acknowledge the tremendous work Janette undertook in Scotland to
support IRRV, through her work on the Scottish Association Executive
since 2001, including carrying out the role of Education Liaison
Officer from 2003 to 2007, and a brief spell as Association Vice
President in 2007-08.
During her period as ELO, Janette took great pride in promoting the educational opportunities offered by IRRV north of the border. Under Janette's leadership, the education programme in Scotland went from strength to strength and despite a constantly changing environment, Janette ensured that it kept pace, in order that revenues students and employers in Scotland were provided with a comprehensive education programme. Throughout this period, Janette also provided a one to one contact point for all students in Scotland, sitting all levels of IRRV exam, and studying by any method; college, distance learning and SVQ. Janette always actively encouraged students to contact her personally, immediately and directly with any query or problem affecting any aspect of their studies, whether that be difficulties in the registration process, issues with college/studies, queries about exam procedures, liaison with IRRV HQ or DL centre about any education matter. In all these areas, Janette was sure to provide a friendly ear, a sympathetic shoulder or a practical solution to the problem, depending on the nature of the enquiry.
Janette was the lynchpin in developing the now customary Student Seminar within the programme for Scottish Conference. This seminar provides a welcome to the Institute for student members embarking on a course of study with the Institute; outlines the various study methods and gives students an overview of the qualification. Over recent years, this seminar has developed into a key feature of the conference and is well attended by students and supported by employers who recognise it as the 'induction' to the IRRV qualification in Scotland.
In her day job, Janette was Training and Staff Development Officer in Fife Council, applying great commitment and enthusiasm to everything she did. Earlier this year, she encouraged her training team to enter the IRRV performance awards, starting work on the submission herself prior to her illness and she was hugely proud of the team for being successful in reaching the national finals in Bournemouth.
Janette faced her illness with great courage and determination and although she was still undergoing treatment, Scottish Association Executive members, IRRV HQ staff and conference delegates were delighted to see her attend the Scottish Conference at Crieff for a few hours on Wednesday 2nd Sept 09. Despite her obvious discomfort at times, she was delighted to see her Fife colleagues showcasing their awards entry in the performance awards village, as well as to have the opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues who had expressed good wishes during her difficult time. Her bravery and good humour in the face of such challenging times were remarked upon by many.
work, Janette enjoyed spending time with her family and was also a
great animal lover, indeed she will be particularly remembered for her
fondness of her horses and cats. Her family has requested that friends
wishing to make charity donation in her memory should do so to PDSA,
Janette’s chosen charity:
of the Scottish Association, local authority colleagues and IRRV staff
are united in expressing their deep regret and sadness at the loss of
such a valued and committed colleague, as well as a dear friend.
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