Our friend Michelle Simpson died in Canberra on April the 26th. She was a remarkable person with a wide range of talents and interests—among other things, as a rower, hot-air balloonist, scout leader, musician, and scientist—and was a dedicated volunteer in the Canberra community, which honoured her with an ACT International Women’s Day Award in 2002. She was also one of Jane’s best friends.
Through Michelle, I had the opportunity to do things I’d never have done otherwise, and seeing her energy inspired me to do more and to try more. Our friendship had a profound effect on me, and I know that she has influenced the things I have done and decisions I have made. I’ll really miss Michelle, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to know her and share so many good times with her.
Jane writes more about Michelle in this photo gallery, created in remembrance of a great friend.