Tribute to Laurette Gammon
To the Editor:
I was sorry to learn of Laurette Gammon’s passing on March 24th. As I was reading her obituary, a flood of nice memories came to mind.
I was a young college kid who came knocking at the door of the old Adult Activity Center at the Old St. Rocco’s Hall on Waldo Street. All I wanted to do was talk to someone who might give me some information about providing supports to adults with disabilities.
Before I knew it, I was sitting in Laurette’s office and we were killing the best part of an hour. She was generous with her time and encouraging in her support of my many questions. She gave me additional names and contacts, and I received some wonderful supports from everyone that she sent me to. A few years later, I had the privilege of working for the Oxford County ARC where Laurette was now a member of the board.
The board had a tremendous task ahead of itself when they needed to prepare the agency for a national accreditation. Laurette was one of 12 members of that board who had to meet weekly for several months in a row. She was always there at the meetings and lending her full support and energy to the task at hand. She was a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and committed whatever time was necessary to support the Association.
She wasn’t overly vocal about things, but when she spoke, there was no question about where she stood on a subject. As mentioned in her obituary, she devoted countless hours in support of the Association that is now referred to as the Hope Association.
I count myself as very fortunate to have known and worked with Laurette, but on behalf of the many people with disabilities both in Rumford and across the state, we are all very lucky to have known and worked with such a fine advocate.
Gregory P. Fraser