On this day, fifteen years ago, we lost a wife, a mother, a nana, a sister, a friend to thousands. Judi Osborne was the cornerstone of our lives.
We may have lost her physical presence, but we continue to celebrate Judi’s amazing energy, her intelligence and her exemplary character.
Judi was a remarkable woman who brought joy to countless others… whose presence could light up a room full of people… and whose wonderfully welcome laughter could be heard with delight across a crowded room or sports stadium, and sometimes even down the street.
She is remembered also for her boundless compassion for women in need, for wearing flip flops in winter to the fitness classes she taught at the YWCA, and for guiding non-profit leaders to “discover for themselves” the skills they needed to fix budget, policy and personnel issues in numerous organizations across Canada, from Victoria, BC to St. John’s NL.
Her country honoured her with the Canada 125 medal and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, which she took in stride while never losing sight of her goal of assisting women and their children
We shall always miss her… we shall always grieve her loss. We know there is no such thing as closure… but we are working on healing, as she would have wanted.