It is with gratitude and respect that the Board of the ME|FM Society of BC announces that their beloved co-chair, Elizabeth Sanchez, will be leaving at the end of March. As many of you know, Elizabeth has been for many years a champion for people living with ME. Her commitment began as a result of one of her daughters acquiring ME and like most of us, the journey was not straightforward or easy to a diagnosis or to care.
Experiencing the lack of knowledge and resources in the health care system for this devastating illness served to charge Elizabeth with a mission to change the landscape of ME in British Columbia to the best of her ability.
Elizabeth came on to the Board of Directors of the ME|FM Society of BC in 2013. She served as President for 6 years, then, in consultation with the Board, created the Co-Chair position. She continued as Co-Chair from 2019 forward. Elizabeth also served as our Program Director from 2017 through 2020.
Elizabeth’s mark on the landscape of our disease has been immeasurable. As one colleague has noted ‘her capacity is limitless!’; others have referred to her as ‘our spark plug’. As a Society, we acknowledge that the strides we have made over the past years have been remarkable and we extend our gratitude to all that Elizabeth has given in support of this growth. She has been our ‘legs’. She has harnessed the planning of the Board of Directors, our membership and our public and helped us realize much more than we thought possible.
Elizabeth is now ready to pass on her legacy and is making plans for a life beyond our Society. We wish her well, safe journey, fond farewell, and best wishes for a creative, wonderful next step in her life.
Elizabeth will be leaving the Society following our March 21st, 2021 board meeting.
Please join us in giving Elizabeth a virtual send off. Feel free to log in and share comments, reflections on how you know Elizabeth, or any other thoughts you have and wish to share in the comment section below. It is our intention to compile a digital book for Elizabeth which will include these reflections.
Thank you Elizabeth – you are one in a million (missing million that is!)