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Alice Rose Retires

By Patti Flaherty

I had the absolute pleasure recently to acknowledge and honour my dear friend Alice Rose.

Alice is retiring from GF Strong Rehab Centre, VCH after 33 years of dedicated, creative and knowledgeable service.

I asked a few of Alice’s close friends and colleagues if they could share with me what makes Alice "Alice." What was consistent across the board was her gentle spirit and nature coupled with her strength and willingness to always help.

Her quiet strength has helped so many people be better than they ever expected they could be. I am one of those people who has been offered Alice’s quiet strength and for that I will always be thankful.

Alice is a cornerstone of so much of what our brain injury community strives to be.

She is compassionate and makes her life by what she gives. It is never, ever "all about Alice".

Alice is incredibly knowledgeable and is always willing to share her knowledge in such an unassuming way.

She is never satisfied with the status quo. Alice has actively reinvented herself and her roles throughout her career.  In February Alice retired as the Coordinator for the Early Response Concussion Service. I have no idea who they will find to fill her shoes. There is no one like Alice – one of a kind.

I wish Alice well in her next adventure.

Photo: Patti Flaherty, Brian Webster and Alice Rose