Heather Crowe (1945-2006) and Nichola Goddard (1980-2006)

by Jan Yuill

Heather Crowe and Capt. Nichola Goddard both lost their lives recently as a result of their employment, specifically the hazardous conditions of their work – Capt. Goddard on May 17th and Ms. Crowe on May 22nd.

For Ms. Crowe it was an unanticipated side effect. Her employer was in the restaurant business. She never suspected that second hand smoke would make her sick.

For Capt. Goddard it was always a possibility, but unlikely, that she could die as a result of military service. She knew that, when she chose her career.

Ms. Crowe crusaded for changes in the workplace when she found out she had cancer. She became well known for the message she championed and the personal commitment she made to it. She made a difference through her suffering.

Capt. Goddard was not well known at the time of her death. She was only one of many who had chosen to devote themselves to “bringing peace, stability, and democracy to a troubled region of the world.” She became well known for her leadership and dedication as a result of her death. She made a difference through her service.

Both women made a difference by the way they lived and died, and the choices they made.

Some people consciously put their lives on the line everyday when they go to work, others unconsciously. Workplace safety (Resource Management) is about life and death (Membership Potential).

I have been deeply touched by the lives of these two brave women.

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