On the Passing of Deirdre Mackey, AFT-Oregon Staff Member

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It is with great sadness that we share the passing of AFT-Oregon staff member Deirdre Mackey, along with her daughter Grace, from a traffic accident on December 25, 2017. 
 
Deirdre was warm and caring, always willing to help a coworker—or a stranger—at a moment's notice. She brought that same love to her work at AFT-Oregon as our Program Coordinator and Financial Specialist. Deirdre was a skilled project manager and all-around talent, committed to social justice and the union movement. She was our friend.
 
Deirdre and Grace will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, and we join them in mourning their extraordinary loss. We will keep our union family updated as we receive additional details about how to provide support and celebrate their lives.
 
UPDATE: A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras and the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainier.