MLA Ian Paton pays tribute to the Devjis

patonI’m continually impressed by the contributions of the many talented people in our community. For decades Jane Devji and her husband Amin have enriched the lives of seniors and, in particular, those living with dementia.

Jane took a big risk after graduating from secondary school, leaving her small town of Mwanza, Tanzania to study registered nursing at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Her family was not supportive of this choice, but Jane was determined to succeed. She graduated from nursing school in 1964 and found steady work in Nairobi. In 1970 she married Amin, and they welcomed their eldest son Salim a year later.

Jane and Amin Devji embody the values of compassion, inclusion and innovation and I know everyone in Delta wishes them well in their retirement. Thank you for all you’ve done for our community, Jane and Amin.

Fearing civil unrest in Kenya as troubling events unfolded in nearby Uganda, Jane and Amin decided to find a new place to live. Jane heard there were lots of opportunities in Canada, and the couple submitted an application to Canadian authorities. They were able to immigrate to the United Kingdom in 1973 and create a comfortable life in Redding, England. But deep down, Jane still felt she belonged in Canada. She persevered through the process and the family arrived in Canada in 1975.


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