I am so sorry for your loss.
I joined KN as a paralegal in the real estate & construction team in July 2017, and just a month later Brandusa (and you) welcomed me into your home with the rest of the team for the famous BBQ with open arms. When I went home, Brandusa sent me off with a package of food that was enough to feed a small army – she was so kind and generous and caring.
To have had Brandusa’s support has meant the world to me – as we all know Brandusa was very straightforward and direct, and as such knowing she had my back and believed in me was all the more special. Just before my training contract interview, she took me out for a cup of tea and said the only advice she could give was to believe in myself and be me, because I was good enough and could do it. I received a lot of advice during this time but that cup of tea is the one that sticks out in my mind. Brandusa trusted me with a lot when I worked for her – visiting clients at home, carting multiple very heavy loads of documents off to be signed and countersigned by various people and looking after certain matters with minimal supervision. I used one of these in my interview as an example of a matter where I had a lot of responsibility, and that Brandusa trusted me enough to let me shoulder that responsibility has been too valuable to put into words.
I will forever be grateful that I was able to speak to Brandusa recently, to arrange her prize for the Christmas decoration competition, and I will cherish that conversation always. Whenever I have self-doubt, I will hear Brandusa’s voice in my head telling me I can do it, and pick myself up and carry on.
I have only known Brandusa for three and a half years, and I have many memories of her that I will treasure – you will have hundreds and thousands which will keep Brandusa close to you and in your hearts always. There will always be a special place for Brandusa, and you all, in my heart and I am keeping you in my thoughts and sending you love and strength during this very difficult time.