Janet Haffegee

It’s taken me a while to process the news of Janet’s passing.  I first met Janet when she came for her interview at the University, and she became my manager for a number of years.  Janet was incredibly kind and caring and brought her humanity and compassion into her work, never losing sight of the person or people that may be impacted by the issue of the day.  Janet’s approach was the very epitome of quiet leadership.  I was often in awe at her tenacity in meetings, directing discussions back to the heart of the matter, to the benefit of all, and showing that you don’t have to speak over other people or more loudly to be heard and understood.  I’ve benefited from Janet’s mentoring, particularly her generosity with her time, in sharing her knowledge, and her very good advice.  Janet was so proud of Tash’s many achievements – particularly her dancing, and would talk about the fun times spent together as a family.  I feel very privileged to have known Janet, and her legacy lives on in everyone whose hearts or minds she touched.  I will forever remember the twinkle in her eye, a smile never far away from her face.



Kari Methven

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