Jane Burns (1991)
Newcomers to North Shore Country Day School are invariably shocked to discover that Jane Burns is not an employee but a volunteer—a volunteer, it must be quickly said, with a capital V, or, better yet VE, for Volunteer Extraordinaire. She started volunteering for the School in the fall of 1982, coming to the rescue of Liz Hunt, who was doing about fifteen different jobs and feeling "as if I were about to die."
Jane has been rescuing people in the admissions and development offices ever since—two days each week for eight years—and doing it with a perfectly delightful blend of efficiency, competence, thoroughness, reliability, humor and invigorating upbeatness. Her only rules of thumb are to work until the job is done and to do it right, which may mean staying into the early evening, long after the halls are empty of students and staff. It is also clear that she likes the people she works with, in fact likes them very much. And the feeling is mutual. We have heard a lot in recent times about points of light throughout the land.
Jane Burns is more than a point of light; she is an intense beam. And we are fortunate to have her as such a good colleague, friend and neighbor. It is with great affection that we bestow on her The Foster Hannaford Recognition for Distinguished Service.
Presented by Deane R. Lanphear, Headmaster
Friday, December 21, 1990