Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nancy Hall

Nancy...and Nancy
Nancy Hall, Gathering of Online Community Enthusiasts, May 2009

Members of the Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses community, the BC Online Community Enthusiasts Group, and many, many, many others were deeply saddened to hear that Dr. Nancy Hall died on March 23, 2011. She was 60 years old.

I first met Nancy in 2008 when we began discussions about creating a community of practice for practitioners and researchers in BC colleges, universities, and local communities with the goal to support the mental health of post-secondary students.

What I remember most about our email correspondence during those early planning days was that I always imagined Nancy to be sitting on the edge of her seat -- such enthusiasm for her work, always positive and loaded with exclamation marks and witty comments that made me smile. Even during challenging times Nancy's notes were optimistic, like when she wasn't able to attend the 2010 Gathering of Online Community Enthusiasts in Vancouver last May: "I am really quite well, though compromised it would seem."

Oh but in person Nancy was even more incredible. Her passion for helping others and for learning was so contagious. She kept us engaged with stories and challenged us with important questions. She listened so carefully, but never quietly. And how many times did she say thank you? Nancy always acknowledged and appreciated the people who surrounded her, who learned from her. This Globe and Mail article captures Nancy's vision, and impact on our thinking about mental health.

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