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could share about divine fashions purchased, adventures and mishaps
experienced, and not all of them are about her innate ability to find the
worst possible event seating, or server, or hotel concierge, or airline. All
of which she suffered with quiet dignity.
I think what I what to share most about Nancy is that of the many enduring
qualities I admire in her, it is her generosity that I admire most of all.
Early in our friendship, Nancy was the one who showed up on a Saturday
morning, with paintbrush in hand, to help me paint my living room as I
was struggling to get the house together for eventual sale.
She started a program she called “The Change Room”. It was a project she
started to provide free clothing and apparel to women victims of trauma
and relationship abuse to help them get back on their feet and into the
For me personally, I remember the first Christmas the year after my own
divorce. She, and my then very young daughters, chose a beautiful locket
for me with pictures of my daughters inside. When I opened the gift
stunned, my girls joyfully told me that Auntie Nancy had helped them
buy it. She just wanted to make sure there was something special under
the tree for me.
These are but a few examples of the many ways Nancy has been so giving
and supportive throughout our friendship, and in ways more grand than
not. I think, however, it is the accumulation of the smaller gestures in life
that often speaks to a person’s true nature.
I believe it is Nancy’s generosity that has been the key to her success in
life. She is not only generous with her time, but she is also generous in
spirit. Underneath the razor-sharp wit and the brilliant one-liners lies a
professional with a wealth of wisdom, compassion and kindness. She
truly cares, and her brilliance is only exceeded by her heart.
Nancy takes on the role of the presidency this coming year hoping to lead
the Law Society forward to be more courageous, responsive and innovative.
Judging from her career accomplishments to date, she is the right person to