Janine completed a Commerce Degree at the then University of Ballarat, and it was here that she met her husband Tim. Following university, Janine had a successful finance career in Ballarat with Ballarat Regional Industries (BRI), Goodman Fielder (Sunicrust Bakeries) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
After Janine’s accidental death in 2012, The Ballarat Foundation assisted Tim to create a Sub-Fund as a lasting legacy in her honour. As part of the fund, an education support fund was created for students studying Commerce, preferably at Federation University Australia (formerly University of Ballarat). The sub-fund also provides general support to local families in need or has supported Ballarat people who are studying Commerce at other Universities in Australia.