On Saturday we celebrated the life of a cherished colleague. Leanne Erickson, Executive Assistant at the North Vancouver District Public Library for the past three and a half years, left this world much too soon.
When you work with someone, you get to know them really really well – in one context. It was a privilege to see how Leanne’s family and friends came together to celebrate this special person, as they know her in an entirely different context. To see the folks who shaped her life and enjoyed so many wonderful times with her, to get a sense of who she was when she “let her hair down”. To get a glimpse of who she was as a wife, daughter, sister, and friend, through tributes, photos and music. Leanne was one helluva vibrant and well-loved woman.
At the service for Leanne, it gave me great comfort to see the strong and extensive network of love that surrounded Leanne, that she was a part of, and that carried her through her difficult battle with cancer.
Those of us who worked with Leanne were privileged to spend almost eight hours a day, five days a week with her. We worked through good times and challenging times. We shared successes and failures. We supported each other through sickness and health. We worked hard, and we had fun.
And all the time you log together, all the accomplishments you enjoy together, all the little and thoughtful gestures, they all add up to something meaningful. Leanne was an important part of my life and I’ll never forget her. Nor will I ever stop missing her. She made my life better.
In thinking about Leanne and what she meant to me, and to my library, I wrote this tribute: Continue reading