Rotary confers award on Sister Jean

Rotary confers award on Sister Jean

Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan, popularly known as the Mother Teresa of Bangalore, was bestowed with the ‘International Goodwill and Understanding Award’ by the Rotary Club of Bangalore Cantonment, on Thursday, for her contributions to the rehabilitation of leprosy patients in the City.

Jean, a Briton, has been working for the betterment of leprosy patients at the Sumanahalli centre for over three decades. 

The British Deputy High Commissioner, Ian Felton, presenting the award to her, said: “The whole of Britain is proud of her services.”

He said, “ It takes individuals to make a difference and Sister Jean has done us proud with her services to leprosy patients.” 

After receiving the award, Sister Jean said: “I am honoured and hope this motivates others to serve people. It is important not to treat people as patients, we must treat them as friends.” She said she has even learnt a bit of Kannada so that her “friends” feel comfortable during interactions.  

Speaking on the sidelines, Felton expressed interest in enhancing the trade relationship with Karnataka. 

“We (the UK trade mission) have shown keen interest in Indian aerospace and will be working together on the joint venture,” he said.