Aunty Mary Jackson was one of the founding members of the Economic Development Programme that was initiated by late Cllr Glen Kleinsmith in 2007. She pioneered the Beading for Business Program. Under her leadership, numerous unemployed women were trained not only in the skill of beading but also the spirit of volunteering. Development of love for the community became evident with most of her attendees. Most of the current volunteers started with Aunty Mary’s class. She became an inspiration, a pillar of strength and a mother and mentor to many. Her legacy in Bellville is that of a woman that selflessly committed herself to community involvement especially women and young people that were entangled in social, economic and spiritual poverty. She was an active member of many social upliftment and advocacy groups in Bellville South.
Aunty Mary died in 2011 and in her memory, this Award was initiated.
Lorraine epitomises the vision of WOWMovement. She joined the organisation in 2010 and participated in the Beading for Business class. From there she discovered a gift that she loved at primary school but was never developed. She flourished in the Arts and Craft classes. She took a leading role in these classes.
Coordinating it between 2012-2013. She became a Management Committee member, 2014-2015 where she served for 4 years. The last 2 years of the 4 years she was the chair of the Management Committee. She is a brilliant facilitator and leader in our organisation. Currently, she is serving once again in our 2018-2020 Executive Committee as a spokesperson for our participants.