Janice Wilson, the former director at the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, passed away on Friday after succumbing to illness.
She was 48.
For 14 years, Wilson, a mother of two, served at the helm of the NCVO, and hosted numerous fundraising efforts to keep the doors open and the lights on at the organisations under the charity’s umbrella.
Those organisations include Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, Jack and Jill Nursery, Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home and the New to You Bargain Shop.
Wilson would often be seen leading the charge at the NCVO’s annual telethon that was broadcast live on local television station Cayman 27.
Wilson’s enthusiasm and passion for what she did was infectious.
The NCVO board and staff told the Cayman Compass, in a statement Monday, that they were deeply saddened to hear of Wilson’s sudden passing.
“She was with the NCVO for over 14 years and her contribution was significant to Cayman’s community. Janice ensured the programmes stayed viable and able to make a positive impact in the lives of children,” the statement said.
Part of Wilson’s remit during her time at the NCVO was awarding scholarships through a fund managed by the organisation. It was something she took pleasure in doing.
“She was keen on employing Caymanians and providing them with opportunities to excel and help others in their community. Janice was always eager and willing to help families in need and able to affect the lives of many, beyond those receiving direct services, through community outreach,” the NCVO statement said.
The board and staff, the statement said, is praying for Wilson’s family to find some comfort and peace during this difficult time.
“We will continue to honour her legacy by preserving the work we do and ensuring the NCVO continues to be a beacon of support for children and families in need,” the statement added.
The NCVO said it will honour Wilson’s memory internally with a prayer service, and a book of memories is being created for her family to give them a glimpse of her impact at the NCVO.
Wilson leaves behind her husband and two children.