From 1983 to 1988, Joan served as the NSW State Commissioner. Joan’s precision and analytical mind proved enormously valuable for Guiding, particularly in the areas of program evaluation, finance and constitutions, to name a few. Joan was also author of the publication, Why Guiding, which is still living in our Archives today.
Joan’s service to Guiding was recognised by one of the highest, most prestigious awards in the Guiding program, the Red Kangaroo, presented by Lady Angela Carrick AO, an esteemed Australian, selfless volunteer, and previous Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Australia in 1988. Joan also received the Wattle and Emu prior to and during, her term as State Commissioner.
From 1997-2003, Joan served as National Adviser, Human Rights for the NCWA and is commended for her significant contribution to the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SRVAW) – the first independent human rights mechanism on the elimination of violence against women. Joan wrote the 10 Year Review of Progress made in Australia, “Violence Against Women – Its causes and consequences” for reporting to the 59th Session on the UN Commission on Human Rights. The Rapporteur was a monumental step toward ensuring violence against women was integrated into the United Nations human rights framework and its mechanisms.
In her later years at NCWA, Joan served as a Board Member and later in 2006, as National Adviser for Music. Among her many achievements in the Guiding world and more broadly in the plight for women’s rights and equal opportunity, Joan loved to play golf and bridge, and was very interested in music.
Joan Elliston’s funeral will take place on Friday 25 March at St James Church, King Street, Sydney. The service will begin at 10am.