Honouring the life and legacy of the Late Jayne Wilson

Illawarra Police Ball Committee morning tea

Senior Chaplin Paul O'Donoghue, PhD Student Lisa Belfiore, Development Manager Ainslie Tweedie, Peter Bate Treasurer Illawarra Police Ball Committee and Inspector Bryan Rugg President Illawarra Police Ball Committee

Tuesday 3 May a morning tea was held to honour the life and legacy of the Late Jayne Wilson and commemorate the Jayne Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Jayne, who served as Police Chaplain to the Lake Illawarra Command of NSW Police, was a selfless and caring woman who touched the lives of many and had a lasting impact to those who knew her and her community.

The Scholarship established through the generosity of the local community and fundraising efforts of the Illawarra Police Ball Committee, supports a PhD student at the University in the field of cancer prevention and treatment.

To commemoration the Scholarship a plaque was placed on the Donor Wall at UOW’s Graduate School of Medicine followed by a morning tea.

The event provided an opportunity for Inspector Bryan Rugg President Illawarra Police Ball Committee, Senior Chaplin Paul O'Donoghue and Peter Bate Treasurer Illawarra Police Ball Committee and UOW staff to meet with the current scholarship recipient and learn of the work she has been doing to support vital research into cancer prevention and treatment at UOW.

The generosity of the local community and the Illawarra Police Ball Committee will ensure the Late Jayne Wilson continues to touch the lives of many and support vital cancer research within the region. 

Former Vice-Chancellor gifts $1.3 million

Former University of Wollongong (UOW) Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO and his wife Ms Suzanne Walker, a UOW alumnus have a life-long commitment to the importance of investing in bright ideas. 

Their combined vision to seed innovative ideas has meant that Professor McKinnon and Ms Walker are delighted to announce a personal philanthropic gift of $1.3 million to the University of Wollongong. Their gift will establish the McKinnon Walker Trust to foster innovation and support excellence. 

The Trust will generate an annual income to support the McKinnon Walker Grants to be allocated annually at the full discretion of the Vice-Chancellor. Academic staff, Professional staff and currently enrolled students will be eligible for consideration to receive a McKinnon Walker Grant. 

Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon sees this Trust as an opportunity to let creative ideas flourish. The McKinnon Walker Grants will not be administered under a formal application process. The Grants will be allocated at the timing and discretion of the Vice-Chancellor according to the vision of the gift and will commence in 2016. 

For further information, please email Monique Harper-Richardson, Director of Advancement.