Lisa was never driven in her various careers, but always determined and dedicated. Those who knew her in this work role respected her sincere desire to do the best she could for herself and others.
I knew her when she turned from painting and photography to social work and psychotherapy. I recall the many late nights spent writings essays for grad school and the frequent weekend workshops and conferences. Of course, passing the exams to become a licensed clinical social worker on the first attempt stood as a huge achievement.
On emigrating to Australia, Lisa began her private practice and quickly earned the respect of referring doctors and clients. Even in casual situations like parties, I often watched in amazement at how she could so quickly get people to openly talk about things of substance and personal importance.
Were she to live another 30 years, she would have continued to touch and support the growth of many people. For many of us, the unexpectedness of her death has brought about the same kind of growth in a sudden wake-up call.
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