Jacqui visited our little corner of the world for the first time this March. During her visit, I had the opportunity to witness her in many roles: Facilitator at a small training, speaker at two large events, and as a wonderful human being during all the spaces in between. Whatever role she was in, Jacqui was engaging and down-to-earth. She offered her perspective in a way that was accessible to all and – in some instances – lead to perceptible changes in the way people regarded others or themselves, their lives and the potential for their future.
Following Jacqui’s visit, more than one individual went out of their way to report that they felt she was the best speaker they’d been offered the opportunity to experience. Several individuals began brainstorming ways to bring Jacqui back to the area in the future to reach even more people before she’d even departed. Ultimately, her presence, personal story and unwavering values helped to strengthen our community and build momentum for change and the development of the Hearing Voices Network in the Unites States. Her impact will be felt for a long time to come.
Sera Davidow, Director, Recovery Learning Community, Western Massachusetts, USA.