Janina left a generous gift in her Will to AMCS
Janina Wojcik was born in Poland in 1920 and worked on the family farm with her four siblings from a young age.
At the start of Second World War in 1939, Janina was taken for slave labour in Germany. At the camps, Polish people worked seven days a week, received small food rations, and were subjected to a strict curfew. They could not possess money or objects of value and were required to wear the ‘Polish P’ on their clothing.
After the war, communists threatened to invade Australia. The then Australian Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, recognised the need for a long-term strategy for Australians to defend themselves against another potential invasion. The Australian economy had suffered under the strains of war and conscription. Meanwhile, millions of displaced people were stranded in various countries in Europe, Africa and India.
Janina and her husband, Boleslaw, were among the first wave of displaced people to arrive to Australia in 1947. Of the 170,000 migrants selected, approximately 60,000 were Polish. Although many migrants initially lived in difficult conditions at camps and centres around Australia, they still integrated and contributed to society. Janina worked in a clothing shop and Boleslaw worked as a labourer at a concrete factory until his death in 1989.
When Janina’s health deteriorated in 2003, she was recommended to Australian Polish Community Services (now AMCS) for assistance with daily tasks and home care. Like many seniors from a multicultural background, Janina wished to stay in her own home. AMCS supported her until she passed away in 2010.
Janina left AMCS a gift in her will as a thank you for providing her with ongoing care.
Through her generosity, her legacy will continue to live on for many generations to receive the quality support they deserve.
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