It is with deep sadness that Donna Messer the Queen of Business Networking passed of away on Friday April 3,2015. She has taught and inspired many.
I had read her articles for years before I had the great honor to speak with her on the phone and meet her a various events in the Toronto. Most recently in Sept 2014 at the International Centre for The Franchise show
Below is an interview she did with Jennifer Beale
|Donna Messer and Jim Pagiamtzis at the Franchise Show at Int'l airport on September 2014|
She fought a valiant and dignified battle with cancer, which cannot come as a surprise to anyone who knew her. Donna was always strong willed, focused and dignified. She passed away peacefully with family by her side, support and love all around.
We thank the nursing staff of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care. You all truly made a very difficult time more bearable.
There are certain points in time when the stars mysteriously align. Today was one of those days. On Friday, April 3rd, Donna was born, and also passed. Both dates were a Good Friday, and fell within Passover. Both dates also mark the headnote and footnote in the story of an amazing soul.
Those of us who were touched by, and had the opportunity to talk to Donna are truly fortunate. We rejoice her presence on earth and remember our time with her well. It is presumed that she is currently in charge of networking in heaven.
Donna was a mother, grandmother, businesswoman, public speaker, accomplished writer, friend and mentor. She was a positive and welcomed impact on her community and a highly sought after source of knowledge and support.
Our mom influenced a great many people's lives and has not only been a supporter but also a champion for countless causes, charities, small businesses and individuals. It her spirit, there is a Legacy Foundation in the works. It will be established as soon as possible in her name.
For those of you in Donna's network, we will be in touch with details regarding an upcoming celebration of her life.
With our deepest love,
Richard, Debbie, Lauren. Madison, Keegan and family