Children, Seniors and Social Development
May 24, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development:

Minister Dempster Recognizes Contributions of Mrs. Jean Hanley

Mr. Speaker, since 1954, the Vera Perlin Society has provided quality service and support for all individuals with an intellectual disability and their families in the St. John's and surrounding areas. This work enables individuals to participate in all areas of community living thereby supporting and creating an inclusive society.

The success of the Vera Perlin Society is based on their dedicated staff and their many volunteers. In particular, Mrs. Jean Hanley has been at the forefront. She started her career as the book-keeper for the Vera Perlin Society in 1961, working very closely with Mrs. Perlin and was instrumental in helping the organization become what it is today. Mrs. Hanley continued working until June, 1999.

Mr. Speaker, even after retirement, Mrs. Hanley continued her work with the society and remains an active director of the board today. Mrs. Hanley has dedicated 57 years to the Vera Perlin Society and, more importantly, to enhancing the lives of individuals who have an intellectual disability. I am told there is not a client that Mrs. Hanley cannot remember which I believe after I experienced her incredible memory myself while talking with her last month during Volunteer Week.

Mr. Speaker, I thank Mrs. Hanley for her dedication to the Vera Perlin Society and for her commitment to the clientele and the many people throughout the community whom she has helped. Today is Mrs. Hanley’s 95th birthday. Please join me in wishing her a very happy birthday and recognizing this remarkable woman for her wonderful contributions to the Vera Perlin Society.

Thank you.

2018 05 24                              1:55 p.m.