Sister Jane Wilcox
The students and the teachers added a rich dimension to my life.
I was born on May 29, 1936 and grew up in East York with four brother and two sisters. I attended Holy Cross Elementary School and St. Joseph’s College School. In high school, I took a commercial course. Upon leaving school, I worked seven years as a secretary in advertising at The Globe and Mail. I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph when I was 26 years old.
After completing my novitiate, I worked as a high school secretary in two different schools — St. Joseph’s College School and Oshawa Catholic High School. I enjoyed both these ministries. The students and the teachers added a rich dimension to my life. In 1972, I was asked to move to our western mission at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, B.C., working first in the main office and then in the psychiatric unit as ward clerk. I also worked for a short period in Kitimat, B.C. The time I spent in western Canada, I still consider to be one of the great gifts of my life.
On several occasions, I was given an opportunity for spiritual enrichment. I participated in a sabbatical program in Spokane, Washington and several years later in a renewal program in Oakland, California. I then spent many fruitful years working for the Leadership Team and in the congregational archives. In recent years, I have discovered a gift for writing poetry. During this, my jubilee year, in moving to 2 O’Connor Drive, I have returned to my roots as our new building is only a short distance from where I grew up.