It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Maria Arnold.
Maria passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children and family, on the morning of Tue 5 Jul after a short illness.
A kind and genuinely funny human being, Maria was known for her honesty, her principles and her commitment to fighting injustice for other people. She was first employed at EVOC in 2015, in a role focused on adult health and wellbeing. She championed people and communities with lived experience – helping inform our work and fight for improvements across services.
The impact she made was, and will continue to be, felt in the areas of drug and alcohol support and through the development of Thrive – an innovative, multi-disciplinary approach to mental health that is focused on culture change.
A Memorial for Maria
As Maria’s life, both professionally and personally, has spanned environmental and mental health causes, her family have chosen to celebrate her life by raising funds with the intention of planting a small community orchard in her memory.
The project is in its very early stages, but in the coming weeks the team at EVOC will support the development of this community-based memorial to a much-loved friend and colleague.
You can find out more about the early plans for the memorial or donate here.
Share Your Memories of Maria
If you have a photo, a story or an anecdote you would like to share – we would love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone at EVOC will miss Maria so very much.
Bridie Ashrowan, Chief Executive