Ladies’ Branch President 2016-17
Born and educated in Glasgow’s west end, Jan’s ambition was to be Scotland’s first female bank manager. In those pre-equality days, and a year in one of Scotland’s top banks, she felt that change was still far away. Eventually Jan took up a post in the actuarial department of a prominent life assurance company where she worked till her first-born, Jane, was on the way, the second, Gillian, following 2½ years later. Jan then spent a few years at home looking after her family.
Jan decided to learn Spanish at night-school and resat her French and German Highers. With David’s and family support she began a degree course at Glasgow University achieving an MA with honours in French and Hispanic Studies, TQSE and Dip Ed. Starting teaching at Stewarton Academy, Jan later became Principal Teacher of Modern Languages.at Greenock Academy, eventually becoming Assistant Head Teacher in King’s Park Secondary, Glasgow. Jan then moved to Aberdeen City and later to West Dunbartonshire Councils as a Quality Improvement Officer. She retired in 2011.
Jan met husband David through skating at Crossmyloof and shortly afterwards both of them took up curling, encouraged by some young curlers, The Glasgow U21s formed and weekends were then spent at Crossmyloof. On aging out of junior curling, Jan and David joined Carmunnock and Rutherglen Curling Club remaining members for several years. They joined the newly opened Greenacres Curling Rink in 1979 and are members of Reform Curling Club.
Jan has coached the full range of learners and improvers, Curling’s Cool and Try Curling.. She has attained the SQA Sports Coach Education Tutoring qualification. A member of the RCCC Coach Education Team, she delivers RCCC courses to trainee and level 2 coaches. She currently leads the team of coaches at Waterfront Junior Curling Club.
On retirement, Jan joined Greenacres Ladies Curling Club of which she is now secretary. She became the representative of Greenacres Ladies Branch on the LSC. Encouraged by colleagues and family, she agreed to be nominated for the role of Junior Vice President.
As a member of Reform Curling Club touring club, Jan has played in 5 European countries. The Province tour of the Ottawa Valley in 2010 encouraged her to apply for the out-going Canadian tour in November 2015. She has played national Seniors, Masters, the Four Nations, and three Indoor Grand Matches. Among her achievements have been Renfrewshire 12th Province and Aberdeen Province trophies, and the Henderson Bishop Trophy.
Jan anticipates that it will be a busy year, challenging, fun, but most of all a privilege. She looks forward to working alongside RCCC President Clive Thomson, and representing the RCCC at home and abroad.