Jacque Emery was a person of great charm and wit, a conciliator but also true to her beliefs. She had a charming manner and was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. Jacque was a member of SI Bootle for 17 years. She was Club President of SI Bootle in 2003/4.

Jacque was a fellow student at the Royal College of Music, where she studied opera. She went on to become a music teacher, first at Isleworth, London and later as an Education Adviser, with Sefton Borough Council. Her last employment was LAMDA, the London School of Music and Dramatic Art, where she was Chief Examiner. It was evident from the passion in her voice that she loved her work.

Jacque contributed so much to Soroptimism but her greatest achievements are the publications,
Voices in Verse and Teller of Tales. Both raised thousands of pounds for Soroptimist global causes. These included the ‘Big Project’ improving maternity care for women in the Gambia, and our partnership project with Help and Homes for Children, re-homing orphaned children in Sierra Leone.

The success of Jacque’s two wonderful programme action projects didn’t stop at raising funds – they united the Soroptimist world. From New Brunswick, Montreal, Canada to Upper Hutt, New Zealand and many SI clubs in between we received interest and thanks for the publications. Some clubs have utilised in their contents in new member and publicity events.

Jacque went on to become Regional President in 2013 – 2014. Sadly she passed away in November 2014

The Jacque Emery Award

In 2017 the SE Region ran the first ever Jacque Emery writing competition.

It has been run in honour of Past Regional President Jacque Emery. Jacque sadly died in at the age of 65 of cancer. Jacque was a Senior Examiner at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and was passionate about effective communication. The writing competition was open to year 6 girls and boys. They were asked to answer the question ‘Are men and women equal’.
Carol Infanti, current President of the South East Region and one of the judges said ‘ I have enjoyed reading the essays. It has been a pleasure and privilege running this competition’.

This competition will be run every 2 years to encourage and inspire young people to take an interest in writing and communication. Clubs ran their own heats, followed by a winner of winners event. The winner was Agnes from SI Sevenoaks. Runner up went to Loui from SI Lewes. The judging panel also wanted to recognise and commend 2 other essays as they were also of a high standard. Commended goes to Maisie from SI Canterbury and to Jake from SI Folkestone.

The Winner of Winners, Agnes and a parent were invited to the Regional meeting on 10 June when the prize was presented,
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Photo of the regional judges L-R Regional President Carol Infanti, Lily Faulkner (6th form student from Oakwood Park Grammar school), Jane Webb ( President Elect), Olivia Roe (new member), Jan Doyle (SI member and Chair of Governors).
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President Carol with Agnes Wallis, Winner of Winners of the Jacque Emery Award and Lily Faulkner, sixth form student at Oakwood Park Grammar School Maidstone, one of the competition judges.
This picture was taken at the Regional meeting on 10 June 2017.