It began with an academic journey -- Jan Yorke embarked on the journey to secure her PhD. Now, some of you will remember Jan, who's little black horse Versace hung out here all last summer. Jan teaches at Georgian College -- doing a lot with the courses in policing. Her academic friends have a tradition: when someone embarks on their doctorate, they are awarded a ceremonial plunger, to help them deal with the, well, with the administrative "stuff" they are going to encounter on the way. All doctorates are complicated things. Jan's dealt with horses, and people -- the interaction, the changing stress levels each produces on the other, how people use their horses to help them recover from accident or injury.
This month, Jan successfully defended her thesis at the University of Tennessee, and can now add that coveted bunch of letters behind her name. Congratulations Dr. Jan! To celebrate, her friends awarded her the coveted "Pewter Plunger", a fabulous antique, heaven knows where they scared it up, to decorate her mantle piece and remind her of the trials and tribulations of academia.
The original plunger, duly signed by all it's doctoral successes, is now on her friend Jeff's mantlepiece. Jan's glad to be passing it along -- and hoping that now she can find some time to get back to riding her horse, maybe even coming back up to Bondi for some R&R!