SNAP Midwest Honors One Of Our Own!
On the occasion of her retirement from the SNAP Board of Directors
Tribute to Janet Patterson
February 17, 2007 - Midwest SNAP Conference
Janet Patterson - how can we describe her to you? Friend, mentor, advocate, supporter, sympathetic listener, research expert - the list just keeps going on and on. Janet and Horace's son Eric was abused by a priest and took his own life. They chose to take this very personal tragedy and turn it into something positive; they took their pain and have used it to protect the innocent and the vulnerable. We are so grateful!
Janet has answered too many survivor calls to count; she has spent hours listening, encouraging and supporting survivors across the country. She has been a source of inspiration to families everywhere.
She could have chosen to keep this tragedy private and we would have understood and supported this decision. But she (Horace too, the power behind the woman) chose to use her experience as a way to explain just how deeply abuse by clergy wounds the victim. She has shared her experiences with others to educate and protect the innocent.
Janet has laughed with us and cried with us, she has stood in the heat and freezing cold to do press conferences, she has spoken in legislatures in many states, she has done interviews with the media she has given her all.
Now for the good news, while Janet might be retiring from the board she is not retiring from SNAP and that is what we are most grateful for - her continued presence in SNAP.
Thank you Janet, for all you have done and all that you continue to do for SNAP and survivors everywhere.
|Thank you for your
dedication and allegiance.
You will always be our guiding light!
Donald, Judi, Brian, Kate and Kay
I am proud to be your friend. I admire your patience, your empathy and your generosity. Thanks too for all the OCDs.
Janet, God bless you! Thank you for all your work.
Thank you for all your work and support.
From NJ to KS: Good health, good heart, good work.
Janet, thank you for being my hero!
Thank you for being so incredible!
Janet, keep on keeping on. You are inspiring all of us to do the same.
Love, Mary Lu - Geneva
With the deepest respect, admiration and regard for your love and devotion to your son and the truth.
Kris Ward VOTF Dayton
Love you. Thank you for being such comfort and support.
Thanks for helping!
Thank you! You are amazing. I enjoyed working with you.
Janet, after our first meeting here in Chicago over 3 years ago, it seems unthinkable that you wouldn't be a part of the leadership forever!
Best, Steve Spaner
Janet, bless your work! And bless Horace!
Janet, your courage is inspiring!
J, thank you for your amazing courage.
Janet, for all of your efforts, your sleepless nights, your tireless energies. For your son, Eric, who continues to live on in your work. Much love and admiration.
Janet P., you bless me with your courage, compassion and kindness. Thank you!
Am so grateful to you and for you.
Love, Barbara Blaine
Janet, thank you so much for all that you've done for SNAP! I've watched you on the TV show on the internet. Glad you're taking care of yourself.
You are an inspiration.
Janet, thank you for all you do. You have given me courage and hope.
Dear Janet, the very best to you in all you continue to do.
Mary Ellen Kruger
Thank you for all you do for so many . . .
Janet, words can't express the depth of my respect and gratitude. You are the reason I'm still here.
Janet, all your efforts are greatly appreciated and needed. Thanks.
Thanks for all your wonderful work.
Janet, mother, angel, always.
Janet, we need you.
Love, Judy Jones
Janet, much love to you for all you do.
Thanks so much for all you did and your love.