Remembering John Hulskamp (1941 – 2016)
We are deeply saddened to have received news that John Hulskamp, former IFCO Board Director and Treasurer passed away today.
John put his trust in IFCO many years ago and has served on the Board of Directors since 2003. We had the pleasure of working with John and were extremely lucky to have his support for all these years. John’s expertise in numbers, problem solving and wisdom with money matters has yielded successful outcomes in organisation’s financial development. Prior to his voluntary involvement with IFCO, John and his late wife have been actively involved in fostering, for many years providing home, love and support to children in need in Melbourne, Australia.
“You were an admirable man with an unshaken commitment to foster care,” said Jean Anne Kennedy, IFCO Secretary and John’s fellow Director from the Board. "John has been a special person and very devoted to IFCO, children in foster care," told Stela Grigoras, IFCO President.
"I am so sad to hear that John has gone. I will always remember his slow smile, his welcoming hugs and his total commitment to bettering outcomes for kids in care. Just last year he was working to improve support for care-leavers. Rest well, John, and heartfelt sympathy to your family," said Jill Worrall, an IFCO Board member from New Zealand.
"Thank you for the positive impact you made in the world for children and youth in care, those who care for them and those who stood by your side to advocate for them," added Nicole Herbert, former Board member from Canada.
“Many thanks for all the voluntary work you did for the International Foster Care Organisation ever since the 1999 IFCO World Conference in Melbourne, and for your unwavering commitment to children's rights worldwide,” said Chris Gardiner, former IFCO President who stood at the inception of our organisation.
On behalf of the International Foster Care Organisation, we extend our most sincere condolences to John’s family and friends. We will dearly miss you and your voice – both regionally and internationally – for all the less fortunate children you gave voice to, empowered and cared for. May you rest in peace.
John Hulskamp (third from the left) in November 2015, during the Annual General Meeting at the IFCO 2015 World Conference in Sydney, Australia (1-2), in October 2012 during IFCO 2012 European Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria (3), and with IFCO youth members at the IFCO 2007 Conference in New Zealand (4)