Celebrating the life of Jan Markiewicz - a great system of care advocate

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The Children's Mental Health Network community of families, providers, researchers and policy-makers lost a great advocate with the passing of Jan Markiewicz. Jan's light burned bright in her tireless efforts to educate and train those who care deeply about improving the lives of youth with emotional challenges and their families. Always with a smile, Jan had a way of keeping the trials and tribulations of this work in perspective. I will always remember her positive can-do attitude and welcoming spirit. Through the sadness that comes with her passing I, like many others who had the opportunity to be touched by her grace, am blessed to have known her and benefited from her kind and gentle spirit.

Jan's obituary is below with links for remembrances included: 


  1. Sandra Reaves's avatar
    Sandra Reaves
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    I met Jan the first week she and the children came to Chapel Hill to join David as he had a few months back had come to lead the NC Affiliate of the American Heart Association. I was employed by AHA. Jan related that their first purchases in Chapel Hill had been coats. It was very oold when they arrived, and they had not needed coats in California. Either Alex or Damien had asked why the people here looked blue. Jan was a warm and caring indivdual with a charming sense of humor. She was one who always had an encouraging word for me as I went through dealing with an illness in my own family. I was blessed to have had her in my life for a number of years.
  2. Teka's avatar
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    I had the pleasure of knowing this awesome woman Jan for many years. Her passion and dedication in providing training was a true labor of LOVE. Jan gave so much of herself and so many ways of insuring every child could receive an education.
    Her hugs and smile will always be remembered.
  3. Gretchen Hammond's avatar
    Gretchen Hammond
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    I had the good fortune of meeting Jan in June at a grantee meeting. She was so kind in sharing some of her knowledge with me and my colleagues. She graced us with her wonderful presence at dinner and shared stories of her life and her family. Jan was a lovely person.
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