June 22, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: “Formidable Advocate”

by Georgian Lussier

Age 65. Wallingford, CT

It seems I find purpose though critical events.  Those times when you are challenged to go beyond your experiences to date.  My moniker could be ‘formidable advocate.’  Advocate for people I love, issues I think I am informed about.  An early example: Michael, my beloved older brother, suffered a traumatic brain injury when I was 25, in 1975.  I learned to challenge medical ‘experts’, fight for benefits, and basically hang in there with him during his 13 years of total disability.  A professional example is more recent.  In 2010, after running a jobs program with Stimulus funds, I realized older, accomplished women were uniquely disadvantaged in the ‘recovering’ market.  I formed a small group, self-published a book, and now host a community TV program that highlights women’s stories.  So my purpose is to use my talents to speak up and pitch in.  It’s not always pretty, but comes from a deep commitment.

My moniker could be ‘formidable advocate.’  Advocate for people I love, issues I think I am informed about. 


I am lucky to have loyal people in my life, who cheer me on (although the traumatic brain injury experience was isolating). While I am not church-going these days, my Mom was religious, and I went to Catholic schools.  I sent my daughter to a Catholic school because I wanted her to be in an environment where values were explicit.  Life does get complicated, but trusting my moral compass helps me to act on what my inner voice says is the right direction.

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