Friday, October 2, 2015

JANE

Project Hope brings "a little bit of light in a darker time".

Jane Watson embodies her words every Christmas Eve morning through Project Hope which she organized over 11 years ago. Out of her own loss, Jane now gives back to Saint Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto as a way to thank them for their care. She spends a few minutes speaking with each patient and gives them a small gift of a stuffed animal while letting them know someone is thinking about them.

You can watch a short video about Project Hope here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KBwSzMusJQ

Her caring for people also extend to her professional life. Jane is Vice President, Consulting at Optimum Talent, one of Canada's leading career management firms. 

Last year Jane took on one of her most physically and mentally challenging endeavours. She signed up and became a fighter in the Fight to End Cancer. It was here that she stepped out of the boardroom and comfort zone, to step into the boxing ring. Together with her female opponent and other fight teams, she helped raise money for cancer research. She maintains that those battling the disease are the true fighters and are her inspiration. 


Keeping a fit mind and body, she continues to box as well as run. Winter running is her favourite, as well as playing platform tennis, an outdoor winter racquet sport.


JANE FUN FACT: She was Toronto's first female garbage collector! It was, " An awesome summer job for a student"!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

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