OASW Hamilton Branch
Remembers Kathryn Stachyra
OASW Hamilton and Area Branch Treasurer
It is with heartbreaking sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of our colleague Kathryn Stachyra on February 11, 2017.
Our community grieves the loss of an extraordinary human being that has left an imprint on the lives of so many. Kathryn was an active and well known social worker in Hamilton, and dedicated herself to her profession, by helping others in need in many ways.
This past year, Kathryn took on the role of treasurer for the OASW Hamilton Branch Board of Directors, at a time when our Board experienced a time of instability. Despite this, with her confidence and dedication, she agreed to forge ahead with us, always reminding us that there was no project or task that was too small or large. While working on our Board, she demon-strated true leadership, compassion for others, and positivity even in the toughest of times. Her high energy and contagious laugh always filled the room, often breaking up a mundane and serious conversation and bringing it back to the here and now.
As we reflect on her life, we recognize that she truly lived in the moment and never looked back. While we have lost a truly remarkable person in this life, we have solace in knowing that she has touched the lives of many. May we look to her as an example in our lives and remember to live our lives to the fullest as she had. She will be sorely missed by her colleagues both personally and professionally. We extend our deepest condolences to Kathryn's family and friends, offering our support and love just as she did to others.
I leave you with these final thoughts written by Kathryn a few years ago. This excerpt embodies who she was, and how we should remember her. Full of life, full of potential, full of hope.
"My thought for the day:
Life is so delicate and we have so much potential.
What is potential without even a flinter of hope?
Words cannot describe
even when it is gone...
The amazing gift of hope is, it can always come back.
There lies the endless cycle of hope and potential.
Wishing each of you hope, belief in your own potential, and the courage and foundation to follow it through. "
- Kathryn Stachyra September 3, 2014