JEAN ALICE ROWCLIFFE



PRESS & MEDIA 




Becel - Baking with Heart Launch, 2016


http://www.mullenlowelondon.com/news/mullenlowe-london-launch-the-baking-with-heart-series/



 
Youtube Becel product launch,

February 2016


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHzkSHc6ZqY



Becel Launch - Canadian Grocer, 2016


http://www.canadiangrocer.com/top-stories/becel-campaign-showcases-emotions-behind-baking-61826



Becel Launch - Marketing magazine, 2016


http://www.marketingmag.ca/brands/becel-campaign-adds-more-heart-167785




The London Free Press/ Sun Media

December 2, 2013

 

 http://www.lfpress.com/2013/12/01/sons-loss-inspires-royal-nanny-to-share-life-lessons


 

YouTube Video​The Last Tear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCCAhWqtsKs&feature=youtu.be




Matier and Ross

San Francisco Chronicle

November 3, 2013

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Warriors-pavilion-a-Trojan-horse-to-foes-4950060.php

           



 The Village Well, Inc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DicJB9RHX9M




Gentry magazine:

January 2011   Page 53

www.18media.com



Bay Area Parent

Best of the Hidden Gems 2011

http://bayareaparent.parenthood.com/article/the-best-of-the-bay-area--silicon-valley--hidden-gems-editors-picks.html



Princess Michael visits The Village Well, November 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJPyHfNZ0Ro&feature=player_embedded



CBS News: 2011

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/category/watch-listen/video-on-demand/?auto%20Start=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=5884740&flvUri=&partnerclipid=


NBC News: James's visit to Inauguration 2009

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/SF_Students_Unlikely_Road_to_D_C__Bay_Area.html



November 1, 2008: James at Obama Rally in Henderson Nevada. James is behind Obama's upper left arm in striped shirt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_HGVaIPndM



San Francisco Chronicle:

Leah Garchik August 23,2010

The Village Well, at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church on Union Street, was established in 2007 by Jean Rowcliffe as a place for "slow parenting," where parents and children could encounter other parents and children and play in an atmosphere of serenity. Rowcliffe calls it "a place of community based around a communal gathering place in the village."

Having dreamed about the British royal family in childhood, Rowcliffe was in service at Buckingham Palace by the time she was 17. Later, she was nanny to the children of Princess Michael of Kent and, later, came to San Francisco to nanny some of Danielle Steel's children. Obviously, she's a proper nanny; a video on the church's website specifies that at the Well, when coffee and tea are served, it's in china cups. The video also says the Well reaches out beyond Pacific Heights to help the disadvantaged.

Rowcliffe is promising to spill some royal beans at a fundraising talk on "How many staff does it take to make a tea tray for the queen?" on Sept. 11. But not enough beans to upset her former boss, Princess Michael, who's so supportive of this project that she'll be guest of honor and deliver a fundraising lecture on "Monarchy and Motherhood: From Cradle to Crown" at an Oct. 30 dinner for the project.


San Francisco Chronicle:

Catherine Bigelow November 3, 2010

Exiting the parking lot, our situation got less bizarre as we headed to the Palace Hotel for a fundraiser that featured a program by a member of the blue-blooded British monarchy, HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

(Oh, that the mercurial god of scheduling had colluded with the white-gloved goddess of decorum to allow the paths of these two personages to meet. Alas.)

Proper, punctual and plummy of tone, the elegant princess mingled graciously among the 200 guests - sans any sign of handlers, police presence or tacky T-shirts.

The event benefited the Village Well, a day care center founded by Jean Rowcliffe for low-income families on the grounds of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Cow Hollow.

As a young woman, Rowcliffe was nanny at Kensington Palace to the Kents' children, Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella, so she asked her princess pal to pitch in at the Well's gala.

"If my children are wonderful, and I think they are," said Princess Michael, "it's due to Jean."

Princess Michael is an engaging speaker, author and historian who politely dishes up tantalizing tidbits of royal history.

In honor of the Well, she delivered a talk titled "Cradle to Crown: Monarchy and Motherhood," which detailed a rocky road filled with plagues, pestilence, royal power plays and early death, from the 1500s up to the 20th century. Phew.

However, the princess avoids discussing present-day monarchs and their parenting skills.

"We all know King Henry had many wives, some without heads," said Princess Michael, of those losses that often occurred in the Tower of London. "Even though my husband, Prince Michael, is a constable there, I don't like the Tower, so I avoid speaking on current family members."

British Consul General Julian Evans was delighted by the lecture, declaring that if his history teachers had been such talented storytellers, he might've stuck with those studies.

And Princess Michael heralded Rowcliffe for her efforts in making young lives better for those less fortunate.

"The most important things we can give our children is a good education, unlimited love, and teach them self-discipline and good manners," said the princess.

Sound advice. But obviously Princess Michael has never set foot upon the Jersey shore.



San Francisco Chronicle:

Matier and Ross November 5, 2008

Even before Barack Obama was elected president Tuesday, he had already changed one life - right here in San Francisco.

Seventeen-year-old James Kessler, a junior at Stuart Hall High School, is battling a rare and deadly sarcoma form of cancer.

He had only one wish: to meet Obama in Chicago on election night.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted The Chronicle, which forwarded James' request to the Obama campaign. Not only did campaign officials say "yes" - they did him one better. They phoned James' mom on Friday to suggest that her son immediately catch a plane to Henderson, Nev., where Obama was speaking the next day at a local high school.

After the speech, James was invited inside a portable classroom for a private chat with Obama.

"Unbelievable," said Jean Kessler, who tells us that Obama spoke to her son as if there were nothing else going on - talking about their families, James' hopes for attending college and more.

Finally, before posing with James and his mom for pictures, Obama reminded the teen "to dream big."

"And if this goes as we hope," Obama added, "we need to get you to Washington to my inaugural."

Then, for James, it was off to Chicago, where he was given a prime spot near the likes of former President Jimmy Carter and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

"It was all I had hoped for," James told his tearful mom.


San Francisco Chronicle:

Matier and Ross January 2009

A new chapter will be written Tuesday in the young life of James Kessler, the cancer-fighting San Francisco high school student whose dream of meeting Barack Obama came true right before the presidential election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pitched in with a pair of inaugural tickets so James and his mom could witness Obama's swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, capping an emotionally charged two months for the 17-year-old Stuart Hall High School senior and class president.

We reported back in November that James was battling a rare form of sarcoma and had only one wish - to meet Obama in Chicago on election night.

After the Make-a-Wish Foundation contacted The Chronicle, James' request was forwarded to the Obama campaign - which led to a surprise offer for the teen to fly to Henderson, Nev., to meet one-on-one with the Democratic nominee on the weekend before his historic election.

Obama urged James to "dream big" - and said he looked forward to having him at the inauguration if elected.

James made it to Chicago to witness Obama's election night victory speech, and even got a call that day from Pelosi. But it wasn't clear whether the teenager would be strong enough to attend the inauguration while he continued to undergo cancer treatments at UCSF Children's Hospital.

By Sunday, however, James was feeling well enough to make the flight - so off he went with his mom, Jean Rowcliffe. The inaugural tickets are waiting for them, and they've landed a hotel room across from the White House.

"Things just keep falling in place, and James is tickled pink," Rowcliffe told us before leaving. "And as much as it's a cliche to talk about hope, (Obama) really gave James hope - and that's such a gift."

 

 

San Francisco Chronicle:

Matier and Ross May 13, 2009

RIP: It's with great sadness that we report the passing of James Kessler, the cancer-fighting San Francisco high school student whose dream of meeting Barack Obama came true right before the presidential election.

Kessler's mom, Jean Rowcliffe, phoned to say 17-year-old James slipped away quietly at home early Saturday, succumbing after months of battling a rare form of sarcoma.

As we reported back in November, James' biggest wish was to meet Obama in Chicago on election night.

After the Make-a-Wish Foundation contacted The Chronicle, James' request was forwarded to the Obama campaign - which led to a surprise offer for the teen to fly to Henderson, Nev., to meet one-on-one with the Democratic nominee the weekend before his election.

Obama urged James to "dream big" and said he looked forward to having him at the inauguration if elected.

James made it to Chicago to witness Obama's election night victory speech. Then, on Jan. 20, he was among the hundreds of thousands of people who braved the cold in Washington, D.C., to watch as the new president was sworn in.

The Stuart Hall High School senior and class president continued to attend classes until about two week ago. Last Tuesday, as his condition deteriorated, he received his diploma during a short bedside ceremony, attended by the head of the school and several teachers.

"James lived and died with courage, integrity and grace," his mom wrote in a family journal. "I don't blame him for stretching out his passing - he had such fun here and did not want to leave."

A memorial service for James will be held at Grace Cathedral on Saturday at 11 a.m.